cubs b.brach 1/3m
no idea, myself
Can I ask why?
no, many threads are locked for comment
I really think Morrow missing the start of the season can be a good thing. Strop/Cishek/Edwards can cover the late innings for a month. Hopefully a shortened season helps Morrow stay on the field in September-October.
Am I the only one that has problems posting?
"Brandon Morrow (elbow) is aiming to begin playing catch around February 6.
Morrow told Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic that he typically begins throwing around January 6, so it figures that the 34-year-old right-hander will miss at least one month of regular-season action following his early-November elbow debridement surgery. "Every game counts, but you’d rather miss the first month than the last however many months," Morrow said Tuesday"
Big-time BP power display by Alexander "El Increible Hulk" Guerra, Nelson Velazquez, and Carlos Morfa on Field #5 today... Tyler Payne has been added to Instructs roster (see UPDATED ROSTER in original post above)...
NOTE: These group assignments are generally the same every day
D. J. Artis
FIELD #6 (KinaTrax Motion Capture optical camera array)
The Cubs have signed RHSP Christian Bergman and INF Cristhian Adames to 2019 minor league contracts, and both will presumably get an NRI to MLB Spring Training.
i like how both teams and the umps universally laughed it off because everybody doctors the ball with pinetar/resin/etc and everyone knows it...the umps just don't like it when you make it too obvious.
michael pineda was out there trying to ruin it for everyone, though...and trevor "i have a phd from trevor bauer's mind university" bauer, too.
And thanks for posting this link. I forgot how incredible that was when I first saw it. Good GOD!
cards GM stating publically they're attempting to sign goldschmidt to a longterm extension...also molina won't start playing spring games until mid-march (knee) and will probably miss the start of the season..
Last day of Instructs will be February 5th, as the Cubs minor leaguers will have to make-room for the big leaguers (Cubs MLB pitchers & catchers report on 2/12 - first field work-out is 2/13).
There will be a ten-day minor league pre-season mini-camp on the Riverview backfields (quad) beginning on 2/20 (after the big leaguers move from the backfields to Field #1 and Field #2 for work-outs and to Sloan Park for MLB Cactus League games), and then Minor League Camp (minor league Spring Training) officially begins on the Riverview backfields (quad) the week of March 4th.
With the Cubs moving Instructs from September to January, it will be very difficult for the Cubs Fantasy Camp to continue at Riverview/Sloan going forward, unless it's moved to December and/or to another venue in the area (Fitch Park & HoHoKam maybe?).
23 of the 32 Cubs 2018 Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft) picks are participating in Instructs. However, there are twelve 2018 Draft picks & NDFA who are not at Instructs:
LHP Chris Allen
INF Clayton Daniel
1B-OF Grant Fennell (NDFA)
OF Dalton Hurd
C Benny Kaleiwahea (NDFA)
C Caleb Knight (NDFA)
LHP Jack Patterson
RHP Jake Reindl
LHP Josh Sawyer
RHP Carlos Vega
RHP Blake Whitney
NOTE: OF Drew Wharton retired
And again, there are - NO - 2018-19 IFA at Instructs, and there is only one player at Instructs who spent the 2018 season in the DSL (OF Carlos Morfa).
By comparison, there were two 2017-18 IFA (SS Fabian Pertuz and SS Luis Verdugo) and 18 players (Bruzual, Y. Cruz, L. Diaz, Fernandez, Gaitan, Huma, Kelli, R. Lopez, Matos, C. Morel, O. Nunez, Pacheco, C. Paula, H. Perez, Soto, Tejada, Vargas, and Verenzuela) who spent the 2017 season in the DSL at post-2017 Instructs.
Ademan, B. Davis, and Hoerner continued tee-drills with Hitting Coordinator Chris Valaika on Field #5 this morning and C. Morel, J. Young, and Weber continued tee-drills with Assistant Hitting Coordinator Tom Beyers on Field #6, while the other infielders & outfielders were participating in baserunning drills with Doug Dascenzo and Mike Roberts on Field #3 and Field #4. (The catchers are usually assigned to work with pitchers in the bullpen or on the half-field, so they generally aren't available to do baserunning drills).
Cubs Fantasy Camp arrived on the backfields (quad) at about noon, so Cubs moved Instructs operations to the other side of the UAPC, continuing work on Field #1, Field #2, and the half-field.
for those who may have missed it:
i lost it at the yadi/chest protector/ball thing. 10/10. A+.
No to a Zo trade. I can never forget that seventh game double in the WS. He is untouchable to me.
"Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic writes that the Cubs have "bandied about the idea of trading Ben Zobrist this offseason."
...the team has evidently considered trading him for bullpen help and payroll space. However, it does not appear at this point that any deal involving Zobrist is close."
sonny gray being sent to the reds...
cubs are expected to respond by signing a random 27 year old to a minor league contract any time now.
1/19 NOTE: While the other 24 infielders & outfielders were engaged in bunting practice under the tutelage of Doug Dascenzo on the half-field, the six guys with the highest exit-velo/hard contact rate (Aramis Ademan, Brennen Davis, Nico Hoerner, Christopher Morel, Andy Weber, and Jared Young) took special BP (tee-drills) on Field #1 (with Assistant Hitting Coordinator Tom Beyers) and Field #2 (with Hitting Coordinator Chris Valaika), working on striking the ball on the lower third and driving the ball in the air foul line-to-foul line.
While all six made consistent hard contact and did a nice job of spraying line-drives, Hoerner and Young are clearly way ahead of the other four. Hoerner and Young are really good hitters, and I wouldn't be surprised if both begin the 2019 season at AA. (After playing 1st base in infield practice yesterday, Young worked-out with the outfielders rather than the infielders in this morning's pre-BP fielding practice, so the Cubs apparently project him as a 1B-LF going forward).
"Kris Bryant said his shoulder is now perfectly healthy and he has been taking batting practice at full strength since December 1st."
"Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said shortstop Addison Russell will get a "conditional second chance" to remain with the organization.
The Cubs consulted with Russell's ex-wife (the victim of the abuse), and Epstein said "She felt like this was Addison's best chance to get his life in order.""
Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
Yu Darvish is set to begin long toss in a couple days and is about a week out from his first planned bullpen session of the spring. Says Opening Day is a realistic goal for him based on his progress.
NOTES: OF Carlos Morfa (DSL Cubs #2) is the only 2018 DSL Cubs player who was invited to Instructs. There are no 2018-19 IFA at Instructs. INF Orian Nunez (AZL Cubs #1) is being converted to catcher. Other than LHP (ex-OF) Ruben Reyes and RHP (ex-OF) Jose Alejandro Gonzalez (who were converted to pitcher in the AZL last summer), there are no other pitcher conversions in progress at this time.
here, have a king sized dose of cubs offseason action...
Cubs signed RHP Rob Scahill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
I am depressed because of no ACTION !
So, then, the big reveal at the Cubs Convention will undoubtably be the new Clark and Clarkin Radio show. And podcast. Obviously.
"ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Yankees have a three-year, $27 million agreement in place with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino."
the yanks have solidified one hell of a pen this offseason.
the cubs...umm...well, kyle ryan, i guess.
there's still some "names" out there, but it's getting thinner.
Sloan or Camelback.
Flight through Sky Harbor, perhaps.
Poor kid is not going to know which ballpark to go to
At least for a few days.
the most beloved pitcher in all of chicago.
i can't wait to hear about who's fixing jason heyward's swing this off-season. also, where in wrigley are they going to put another jumbo screen?
the big news of who's going to play concerts and destroy the OF should be interesting, too.
Anybody think something exciting will happen before the Convention?
yanks give dj lemahieu 2/24m
he's supposed to play all over the place until/unless tulo shows himself to be ineffective while g.torres plays 2nd until he's ready to slide over to SS.
OK, that answers my question. I just didn't know if his salary foreited while suspended counted. So it's $2.8 (assuming he remains a Cub all year, not traded, DFA, etc.) + whatever bonuses he hits. Not $3.4 + bonuses.
Over the past month the Cubs have signed 12 free-agents to 2019 minor league contracts: OF-!B Jim Adduci, C Francisco Arcia, OF Jose Cardona, INF Ryan Court, INF Phillip Evans, OF Evan Marzilli, RHRP Carlos Ramirez, RHRP Allen Webster, and LHRP Mike Zagurski were signed about 3-1/2 weeks ago (after the Rule 5 Draft), RHRP Matt Carasiti was signed about ten days ago, and OF Zach Borenstein and RHSP Colin Rea signed last week. Presumably most (if not all) of them got an NRI to Spring Training.
We seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.
"Cubs signed C Francisco Arcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training."
his skills include having a pulse, legs that work, and an ability to open and close doors.
his pitching skills fall well behind other HOF-calibre pitching catchers like david ross.
HAGSAG: Addison Russell can work-out with the team but he cannot play in MLB Cactus League Spring Training games. He can, however, play in a Cactus League "B" game on a backfield, minor league Spring Training games, and Extended Spring Training games, prior to beginning his official 12-day minor league conditioning assignment (probably at AAA Iowa on 4/20).
Whatever he does prior to being reinstated will be without pay (salary), but he will receive MLB meal money and accomodations when on the road during his official minor league conditioning assignment.
He actually isn't required to do anything prior to being reinstated, although if he declines to participate in backfield activities during Spring Training, Extended Spring Training in April, and the 12-game minor league conditioning assignment, the Cubs could delay Russell's return to their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) for up to 30 days beyond the end of his suspension, and then fhey could just option him to the minors for an indefinite period of time after adding him back to the 40.
So it's - VERY - likely that Russell will do everything he can to get back on the Cubs MLB Reserve List at the earliest possible date (which is 5/2, barring rain-outs during the first 35 days of the MLB regular season that are not made-up prior to 5/2) so that he can begin to earn his roster bonus. I suspect that's part of the reason the Cubs offered a roster bonus as part of his contract, to help motivate Russell to participate fully even though he is not being paid during the suspension.
AZ Phil, can Russell join the team for Spring Training?
cubbies.4ever: A club's luxury tax liability is calculated - AFTER - the conclusion of the MLB regular season, and any performance bonus earned by a player is included in the AAV. So Addison Russell's 2019 contract AAV cannot be determined (for sure) until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season, but it will include whatever salary he is actually paid (salary forfeited while suspended does not count toward the AAV) plus any performance bonus (roster bonus) he might earn.
"Nolan Arenado requested $30 million and was offered $24 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday."
wow. either way that's an arbitration record. crazy.
They say Russell's contract is prorated at $2.8 MIL due to his suspension. Now does it cost the Cubs as far as the competitive tax calculator $2.8 MIL or $3.4 MIL (Excluding bonuses)?
...and appx 36.25m later the cubs are done with arbitration eligible players
...appx 15.5m more payroll burden compared to last season
russell "only" got a 200K base raise, but he's eligable for 600K more if he's on the roster 150 days. the news of russell getting this contract is going over like a lead balloon on twitter with cubs fans.
So have they saved enough to sign a second rate relief pitcher?
The Cubs have signed free-agent OF Zach Borenstein to a minor league contract.