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  • A trade that should happen: Ian Happ for Nick Senzel. 

    Happ went to college at the U. of Cincinnati and hits like Rogers Horsnby on steroids at Great American ballpark, he can play CF (the one position the Reds have open after their post-season moves), he is one of the fastest runners (based on basepath sprint speed) in MLB, and he can hit anywhere in the batting order. 

    Senzel is a year younger and a better hitter than Happ with plus-power/hard-contact, he is a natural third-baseman (albeit blocked by Eugenio Suarez at the moment) and is a better defender at 3B than Kris Bryant (allowing the Cubs to move Bryant to RF), and is a year younger than Happ.  

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 hours ago
  • nice stuff.

    my favorite rumor train so far involves chatwood+heyward+???? for some hardcore salary relief or high end hitter/pitcher.  it's like some cubs fans got crack for christmas.  they could at least sweeten the deal by throwing in duensing.

    at least the harper rumors have some basis in reality.

    crunch 2 months 3 hours ago
  • Haha. Thanks. 
    For something that's supposed to be impossible, this rumor is screamingly prevalent everywhere I turn.

    CubbyBlue 2 months 10 hours ago
  • crunch 2 months 1 day ago
  • Love it.

    Hagsag 2 months 1 day ago
  • The greatest play-by-play radio voice of all time, IMO. The equivalent of Lloyd Pettit on hockey. ("A shot- and a goal!") Yes, I'm old.

    fullykräusened 2 months 3 days ago
  • So is Theo reverting back to his early days with the Cubs where he took coming off injury pitchers with upside for cheap and flipped them?  I know they can stick Graveman on the 60-DL the entire season a la Smyly so it doesn't matter roster wise, but is he trying to rebuild the system that is somewhat depleated knowing judgement day for the Cubs begins in October 2021 when Lester, Rizzo, Bryant, Russell, Baez, Montgomery, and Schwarber all become free agents.

    cubbies.4ever 2 months 3 days ago
  • (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

    crunch 2 months 3 days ago
  • Phil, is there anyone else they are dying to sign?

    Hagsag 2 months 3 days ago
  • The Cubs were dying to sign him. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 days ago
  • "12/22 The Cubs have agreed to a deal with free agent pitcher Kendall Graveman, per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers (via Twitter). Graveman gets a major league contract worth $575K for 2019 with a $3MM club option"

    i'm not a huge graveman fan (he was the A's opening day starter this year, btw), but that's a nice contract for this type of gamble.

    crunch 2 months 3 days ago
  • Nickname is "Digger." Wears #49 (last worn by Jake Arrieta). 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 days ago
  • Kendall Graveman has signed. The next Smyly.

    Hagsag 2 months 3 days ago
  • i hope it's a given.

    he was bad as a starter, worse as a reliever, and he regressed as the season went on...amazingly bad.

    it was a team effort that got the cubs the wild card rather than the division, but chatwood made sure he helped out in the decline.

    crunch 2 months 3 days ago
  • I thought that was a lready a given.

    Why would someone trade for him if he might still be broken?

    tim815 2 months 3 days ago
  • i wonder if the team will just end up cutting chatwood loose if he doesn't show control of his stuff this spring.

    he had an epic debut season for the cubs.  i seriously think he only had 4 or 5 outings all season where he pitched decently, starting or relief, and maybe 1 or 2 were solidly good.  some of his wins and no-decisions came in horribly wild starts where the bats bailed him out.  it started off badly and ended up worse even though he was barely used as the season winded down.

    crunch 2 months 3 days ago
  • The Dodgers just pulled off that salary dump deal with the Reds, is there anybody that would be willing to eat Heyward (who has a partitial no-trade clause), Chatwood, Kintzler package sweetening it with one of Happ, Almora, Russell (if he still holds value).  I'm resisting saying Schwarber (kind of a man crush thing)?

    cubbies.4ever 2 months 4 days ago
  • for kluber...most likely one of those.

    crunch 2 months 4 days ago
  • Does Harper want a Dodger deal?

    Hagsag 2 months 4 days ago
  • LAD just free'd up a ton of payroll...

    y.puig and m.kemp are now in the NL Central with the reds.

    crunch 2 months 4 days ago
  • "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have agreed to a one-year, deal with Corey Spangenberg.

    It's a split contract, says Rosenthal, which will pay Spangenberg $1.2 million if he's on the MLB roster, and $250,000 if he is in Triple-A."

    crunch 2 months 5 days ago
  • cards supposedly about to sign andrew miller (RP) to a multi-year deal.

    crunch 2 months 5 days ago
  •  Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes gets multi year extension. Great news -- and great voice

    crunch 2 months 5 days ago
  • According to "Cubs Propects" on Tweeter, the Cubs have signed Ali Solis C, James Adducci 1B/OF, Evan Marzilli OF, Jose Cardona OF, Francisco Arcia C, Carlos Ramirez RHP, Ryan Court IF, in addition to Webster and Zagurski. 

    Hagsag 2 months 5 days ago
  • "Cubs signed INF Phillip Evans to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training."

    "Cubs signed LHP Mike Zagurski to a minor league contract."

    start clearing space for the 2019 world series trophy

    crunch 2 months 6 days ago
  • big news for the cuba/US player pipeline...

    "Under this agreement, the FCB must release all players under contract to the FCB who are at least twenty-five (25) years old and have six (6) or more years of playing experience (known as "Foreign Professionals" under MLB rules) to sign with MLB Clubs. The FCB may also release younger players to sign with Major League Clubs. Once a player is released by the FCB, he is free to negotiate and sign with any Major League Club without leaving Cuba, subject to the same collectively bargained rules applicable to all international players. A Major League Club that signs a player released by the FCB pursuant to this agreement will pay the FCB a "release fee," the amount of which is calculated using the same formula contained in MLB's protocol agreements with the NPB, KBO and CPBL."

    crunch 2 months 6 days ago
  • it's a boring signing, but he's a lefty with a little bit of pop who can come off the bench without looking rusty doing it.

    it's probalby better to think of him as a la stella-level replacement as far as his role goes.  they both play meh D.  lastella is a more steady hitter, but you're lucky if you get anything other than a single out of him doing it...descalso has decent pop.

    i like the signing, but i'd like that to not involve him getting 400+PA (unless for some reason he turns it the hell on at age 32).

    crunch 2 months 6 days ago
  • A contract that should be exceeded.

    Works for me.

    tim815 2 months 1 week ago
  • 2/4m (3.5m 3rd year option, 1m buyout)

    not bad

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Descalso signed. Who cares.

    Hagsag 2 months 1 week ago
  • BRADSBEARD: I believe both Derek Dietrich and Cory Spangenberg (SD #1 draft pick in 2011 when Hoyer & McLeod were running the Padres) are among the Cubs preferred minor league depth signing targets, and Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay are the two primary MLB bench targets (I suspect the Cubs would like to trade Ian Happ for a young SP with upside).  

    Arizona Phil 2 months 1 week ago
  • dietrich is a miserable 3rd baseman...also probably done with 2nd base at this point in his career.  he's a corner OF/1st type with a last-hope type defensive player at 2nd/3rd.

    that said, rumored cubs target d.descalso is a rather cruddy 3rd baseman, too, but he's servicable.

    hopefully d.bote's bat stays adequate because he's the main backup at 3rd as it stands.

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Any chance Derek Dietrich has to settle for a minor league deal? I know you mentioned him before as a possibility for the Cubs. 

    bradsbeard 2 months 1 week ago
  • I disagree categorically.

    They won't have anyone that's Syndegaard. They have 15 guys that could be (Brandon Woodruff/Junior Guerra) or better.

    tim815 2 months 1 week ago
  • Phil, I know you will. We count on it.I am sure a good chunk of the MB starters will wind up in Tenn.

    Hagsag 2 months 1 week ago
  • HAGSAG: The Depth Chart reflects the current Cubs minor league reserve list assignments, which includes the moving on 11/20 of players who were not eligible for selection in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft to the Myrtle Beach reserve list from the AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa rosters. That's why Duncan Robinson (for example) is listed as a Myrtle Beach SP on the Depth Chart, even though he finished the 2018 season at AAA and is likely to be a SP at either AA Tennessee or AAA Iowa on 2019 Opening Day. 

    The Depth Chart will be adjusted in March to reflect Minor League Camp assignments. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 1 week ago
  • Expect the Cubs to sign at least a half-dozen veteran players and pitchers with MLB and/or AAA experience to minor league contracts over the next couple of months, including a catcher, a middle-infielder, a four-corner (1B-3B-LF-RF) player, an outfielder, and a couple of pitchers. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 1 week ago
  • Looking at Phil's depth cart for starting pitchers at MB, there seems to be a little hope for the future. Thoughts anyone?

    Hagsag 2 months 1 week ago
  • Easy killer.  It was just for fun.  He doesn't need to prove anything.  If I hadn't used the test comment, would you be as offended? Sorry.  Ease up.

    cubbies.4ever 2 months 1 week ago
  • you're gonna end up in detention if you keep this up

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Wtf? Why are you ”testing” him? What does he win? I’m sure he can’t wait to see how well he performs on your test and then publishes the results...Go internet!

    The E-Man 2 months 1 week ago
  • AZ PHIL- Here's a test for you.  Right now who are 5 Cubs players that come Rule 5 roster lock day next year that they are most likely to protect.  Then see at the end of the season how well you did.

    cubbies.4ever 2 months 1 week ago
  • "Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Cubs are one of six teams that have been in contact with free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

    The Cubs plan to send a scout to Tulo's upcoming workout to get a feel for what he has left in the tank."

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Sign Spangenberg, Descalsio.

    Hagsag 2 months 1 week ago
  • "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in "strong pursuit" of Daniel Descalso."

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • "Cubs acquired LHP Conor Lillis-White from the Angels to complete the Tommy La Stella trade."

    lefty reliever.  nothing special, but not trash...should be major league 2019-ready whether he breaks with the team this spring or not.

    semi-deception guy...not a velocity heavy dude...quality curve...lots of Ks, control concerning

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • well, that was boring.

    at least nothing of interesting value was lost.

    nice info for the new guys picked up in the minor league phase.  thanks for tracking it all, phil.

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Left handed reliever is my expectation.

    Local kid Tyler Jay?

    QuietMan 2 months 1 week ago
  • Also keep in mind that unlike the June draft there is usually no consensus among scouts as to which player is the #1 prospect in the Rule 5 Draft. All it takes is one club to like a particular player for that player to get selected, and there is no accounting for what some clubs might see in a particular player. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 1 week ago
  • Remember that a club can only select as many players in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft as there are open slots on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) - PRIOR TO THE START OF THE DRAFT, and likewise a club can only select as many players in the AAA Phase as there are open slots on its AAA affiliate's reserve list (38-man roster limit) - PRIOR TO THE START OF THE DRAFT.

    So if (for example) the 38-man reserve list of a club's AAA affiliate is full and then one or more players are selected from that club's AAA affiliate in the Major League Phase (creating at least one open slot on the AAA affiliate's reserve list), the AAA affiliate's reserve list is still considered to be "full" once the AAA Phase starts. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 1 week ago