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  • mets sign j.lowrie 2 years...supposedly around/at $20m

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Phil, can you tells us what young Latinos are now in instructs? 

    Hagsag 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • it's a rather neat sounding art project

    https://twitter.com/ihapp_1/status/108347616014569...

    seems to be a sort of "from our perspective" player(s)-to-fans art project giving fans insight to how the players view the game/people as well as wrigley field, itself.

    neat of him to put the time and effort into it.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • brews sign y.grandal (1/18.5)

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • ATT Park (SF) is now "Oracle Park"

    also, Safeco Field (SEA) is now "T-Mobile Park"

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • this is the most logical and obvious prediction

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • I'm going to guess clark was metoo'd and is going to have to start wearing pants.

    Ryno 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • high probability of something golf related...or waffle related.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Probably a charity golf tournament he'll be organizing.

    QuietMan 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • ian happ with some vagueness on instagram hyping up the rumor machines...

    "CUBS FANS - something big coming out at Cubs Convention next weekend! STAY TUNED"

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BsWpLrdA4p7/

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • j.jay returns to chicago...for the wsox.

    he'd be a 4th OF'r for a lot of teams, but he may actually get some regular playing time with the chaotic wsox outfield situation.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • HAGSAG: It started today. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • jdmym: A player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is signed to a split contract is paid at the "major league rate" each day he spends on an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB DL, and he is paid at the minor league rate each day he spends on optional assignment to the minors.

    A "split contract" is not usually guaranteed, unless the player has negotiating power (like if the player is arbitration-eligible and settles with the club prior to going to a hearing, or if the player is a free-agent after maybe being non-tendered or after being outrighted to the minors and has less than five years of MLB ST so that he can be optioned to the minors without his consent) and uses that leverage to get some or all of the contract guaranteed. Otherwise, split contracts are not guaranteed, especially if it's a run-of-the mill pre-arbitration (auto-renewal) player.    

    As far as an Outright Release is concerned, a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day receives 30 days salary as termination pay (paid at the "minor league rate" if the player is signed to a "split contract"), and a player on an MLB Reserve List signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day receives 45 days salary as termination pay (all players paid at the "Major League rate").

    A player on an MLB Reserve List who is released during the MLB regular season receives 100% of his salary as termination pay (paid at the "minor league rate" for players on Optional Assignment to the minors). However, a player cannot be optioned to the minors and then released if the purpose of the Optional Assignment was to avoid having to pay termination pay at the major league rate. NOTE: A player who is optioned to the minors and then released would normally file a grievance, so a club has to be careful not to be too blatantly obvious about it.   

    An unsigned player on an MLB Reserve List released during the off-season receives no termination pay.

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • The Cubs have signed 28-year old free-agent RHSP Colin Rea to a 2019 minor league contract. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • AZ PHIL - Can you explain how payment of contracts works? For example, if a player has a predetermined major league and minor league salary, does he only get paid equal to the major league salary divided by days he spends in the majors? Is a minor league contract with a split salary considered a non-guaranteed contract for purposes of termination pay? (Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this Q, can't post under your article for some reason)

    jdrnym 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Get Harper.

    Ryno 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • jdrnym 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Robbie Gould is a free agent.

    Hagsag 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • yanks snag z.britton (expected by many after a.miller signed with the cards)...the pen market gets thinner.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • for this offseason it seems the biggest cubs issue is how many "good" players can you sign for a few bucks of spare change found cleaning out maddon's party van.

    i mean, they have to do something to shore up the pen, but it seems like they're in no hurry to get involved with anyone until they can find some revenue relief.  at least, it seems that's the biggest rumors involving the team...free'ing up loot to do something else.

    the ricketts family has saved a lot of money now that they don't have to throw 10s of millions in anti-obama and help-us-get-political-office efforts.  let's reallocate that loot, fam.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Jose Guzman-Jose Guzman

    that’s two.

    Cubster 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Phil, when does the Instructional progam start.?I know the Cubs did away with the Fall Instrcts.

    Hagsag 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • You could at least get Machado, who gives you better positional flexibility on the roster and might be the better overall player.

    Charlie 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Remember in 1992 when they signed 4 players for what they would have paid Maddux and Dawson?

    udbrky 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • OF Drew Wharton (Cubs 2018 30th round draft pick - Clemson) has retired. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Fucking Boras...

    Ryno 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • How many “good” players can be signed for that 30+ a year?

    Hagsag 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • "Jim Bowden of The Athletic was told by a source that the Nationals' last offer to Bryce Harper was "much more than the $300 million being reported by the media.""

    so who wants to pay over $30m a year to a guy who's looking more like a LF'r these days?  he's a great bat, but sticking $30m+ in LF (or sub-par RF play)...hmm...

    hell, it's not even a given that he'd be an adequate LF'r.  it's not where he's playing in the OF that seems to be the problem.  his routes and tracking are a bit subpar.

    crunch 1 month 2 weeks ago
  • Casey Coleman signs minor league deal with Mets

    cubbies.4ever 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • BRADSBEARD: Ken Ravizza was a part-time consultant and worked directly with the MLB Cubs. The "Mental Skills Coordinator" is a full-time position n the Player Development Dept and works with minor leaguers. So Tewksbury is replacing either Darnell McDonald (Mental Skills Program Coordinator) or John Baker (Mental Skills Coordinator). It's possible that Baker got a new assignment in the organaziation, possibly minor league catching coordinator or maybe a minor league manger gig. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Ryno 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Ryno 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Exactly the sam role.

    RIP, Ken Ravizza.

    tim815 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Could Tewksbury be filling a role more like what Ken Ravizza was doing, or was that totally different?

    bradsbeard 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Mark Loretta plays the violin and collects clocks. Typical Northwestern grad. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Josh Lifrak has been Cubs Mental Skills Program Director since 2014, and under him are the Mental Skills Program Coordinator, the Latin American Mental Skills Coordinator, and the Mental Skills Coordinator. The Mental Skills Program is part of the Player Development Dept. It's unclear if Tewksbury is replacing Darnell McDonald as Mental Skills Program Coordinator or John Baker as Mental Skills Coordinator.

    "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical" - Yogi Berra 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • The Cubs have signed 27-year old free-agent RHRP Matt Carasiti to a minor league contract. Carasiti was acquired by the Cubs from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for LHRP Zac Rosscup in June 2017 and then was added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster post-2017 World Series, before being released less than a month later so that he could sign with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (NPB). 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • mark loretta new bench coach...bob tewksbury the new "mental skills coordinator"

    crunch 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • For those of you who follow such things, the MLB office has (as usual) been closed for business (waivers, approval of contracts, etc) over the holidays (beginning on 12/22), and so the normal seven-day DFA period has been extended to allow waivers to be requested and clubs to claim players.

    That's why Luke Farrell was Designated for Assignment by the Angels on 12/21 but has yet to be assigned, and it's why Robby Scott was traded to the Diamondbacks yesterday (12/30) even though he was Designated for Assignment by the Reds on 12/21, and it's why Clayton Richards was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday (12/30) even though he was Designated for Assignment by the Padres on 12/20. 

    All DFA's initiated 12/20-12/28 must be resolved by this Friday (1/4). 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • BRADSBEARD: It isn't so much that Kris Bryant can't play 3B or that he absolutely, positively must be moved to RF (or LF if Kyle Schwarber was traded), but rather if the Cubs can exchange a toolsy, athletic player who is versatile but a bit flawed (Happ) for a younger but unproven near MLB-ready player who can (hopefully) eventually be part of the current Cubs "window" as well as post-2021 (Senzel), that would be a good thing. If he were tio be acquired by the Cubs, Senzel might even spend most of 2019 at AAA (Happ's spot on the 25 could be filled for a year by somebody like Jon Jay), and then maybe the Cubs would even look to trade Bryant post-2019 for a haul of young unproven (but near MLB-ready) players similar to Senzel to keep the line moving beyond 2021.

    Senzel is an upgrade defensively over Bryant at 3B right now, and if acquired, Senzel would be a first step toward the Cubs making the transition from the current presumed contention window (through 2021) to whatever follows without having to start another rebuild in 2022. Signing Rizzo, Baez, Hendricks, and Contreras (and maybe Schwarber) to contract extensions would be another step (figuring they are the most-likely members of the Cubs' "core" to agree to extensions, since Bryant, Almora, and Russell are Boras clients and therefore very unlikely to agree to a contract extension prior to hitting free-agency).  

    I'm not saying this trade has been discussed between the two clubs, but I mention Senzel as a Cubs trade target only because of the rather obvious fit for both clubs. Happ has been absolutely other-worldly/unstoppable at Great American Ballpark, he was a star college baseball player at the U. of Cincinnati, and he can play a serviceable CF for the Reds in 2019 and then (if necessary) easily move to a corner OF spot or even 2B in 2020 after Puig, Kemp, and Gennett hit free-agency. Conversely, Senzel is a natural third-baseman blocked in Cincinnati by Eugenio Suarez (who isn't going anywhere) and so the Reds are already looking to move Senzel to another position (which will reduce his defensive value). 

    One of the somewhat unanticipated things that happened with the Cubs 2016-17 was the perceived need and therefore understandable desire to "cement" the MLB 25-man roster by sacrificing their top two position-player prospects (Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez) and their top pitching prospect (Dylan Cease) for Aroldis Chapman (in 2016) and Jose Quintana (in 2017). Torres, Jimenez, and Cease would have provided the Cubs with a pathway to sustained (perhaps even seamless) success beyond 2021 by allowing the Cubs to move some of the 2015-21 core (most especially Kris Bryant) earlier than necessary to replentish the farm system, but the inability to develop pitchers 2012-17 the same way they developed position players during that period of time unfortunately put the Cubs in a difficult spot. The Cubs could take a step toward reversing this if they were to acquire a player like Senzel, not that Senzel would totally make up for losing Torres and Jimenez, but it would be a good first step. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • I pretty much agree with this. I don’t see Bryant moving permanently any time soon, though i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing his next contract as an OF. For what it’s worth, he looked pretty uncomfortable to me in the OF this season. But I think he has the ability to be a solid OF. 

    I am thinking that the Cubs need to find a way to limit Contreras’ innings behind the plate though, and if Contreras could spot at 3B when the Cubs are facing an LHP, you could shift Bryant to LF (where I think he’s more comfortable for whatever reason than RF). 

    bradsbeard 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • while bryant isn't a defensive liability he seems to have used up his better days there.  he's probably on borrowed time at 3rd...not as quick as he was in past seasons.

    the fact he put in 3+ good years there is a lot better than many people assumed he would do in the first place.  a lot of people believed he was OF bound when he was drafted.

    that said, he's probably solidly penciled in to play at 3rd next season...maybe longer.  it's not like he's fallen off a cliff defensively.

    crunch 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • I have heard that the Cubs brass has a great deal of interest in Nolan Arenado of Colorado.  He is a free agent after next season and I can the Cubs pursuing him and moving Bryant to the outfield in 2020.  Also, signing Arenado would give the Cubs a star player to building around should Bryant leave in free agency.  An arguement can be made the Arenado is a better player than Bryant.  Also, I imagine that Arenado would cost less than Bryant.

    I cannot see the Cubs signing Harper AND re-signing Bryant AND having enough payroll to afford play-off pitching in the comming years.   I think the smart move is signing Arenado next year and re-tooling the rotation as contracts expire and players leave in free agency.

    videographer 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Since you mentioned freeing up Bryant to play OF, do you have any reason to believe the Cubs want to transition Bryant away from 3B, or is that just an idea to get another bat in the lineup?

    Relatedly, do you think Contreras could handle 3B on an occasional basis if they asked him to play it? 

    bradsbeard 1 month 3 weeks ago
  • Besides Marty Pevey, another in-house candidate for Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator could be Dave Keller, who is Director of the Cubs Dominican Academy. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 4 weeks ago
  • Another possibility for Cubs Minor League Catching Coordinator would be AA Tennessee manager Mark Johnson. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 4 weeks ago
  • Presuming he doesn't leave as well, Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey would be a good candidate to be the Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator and/or Catching Coordinator (he was Cubs Minor League Catching Coordinator through the 2012 season). 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 4 weeks ago
  • Jose Flores (Cubs Minor League Infield Coordinator 2012-17 prior to joining the Phillies as MLB 1st base coach in 2018) will also reportedly be on Brandon Hyde's MLB staff in Baltimore. Flores was part of the top-notch coordinator group put together by Hyde and Cossins and was an outstanding Player Development guy during his five years with the Cubs. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 4 weeks ago
  • RHP Preston Morrison (Cubs 2015 8th round draft pick - TCU) has retired. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 4 weeks ago
  • Totally good with that.

    tim815 1 month 4 weeks ago

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