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  • sam williams and riley ferrell are probably out of the cubs reach, but i wouldnt complain about seeing zach thompson (WSox) on a pen gamble.

    it seems likely they're going to snag someone (if not multiple).

    crunch 2 months 1 week ago
  • Jed Lowrie, come on down. Add a Will Middlebrooks NRI and call it an offseason. What's Dice-K up to these days? 

    Sonicwind75 2 months 1 week ago
  • Not official until he passes his physical.

    QuietMan 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Brandon Hyde being named Oriole manager Per Rosenthal.

    Cubster 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzski with $38 million still owed to him.

    Worth a shot at MLB minimum.

    QuietMan 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • "The Cubs and Cardinals are among the other teams not engaged in a pursuit of Harper," sources told @Ken_Rosenthal.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • That's a pretty direct result of the Chapman and Quintana trades. If the Cubs still had Eloy and Gleyber, they'd be way up there in FV ratings.

    Charlie 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Today (Monday) at 5 PM Eastern is the deadline for clubs to outright players to the minors prior to the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. If a player is not sent outright to the minors by today's deadline, the player cannot be outrighted until the Rule 5 Draft has concluded.

    Arizona Phil 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • h.baines and lee smith elected to HOF (The Today’s Game Committee (formally Veterans Committee))

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • *starts shuffling through a list of players signed to or drafted by BOS from 2002-2011 who are currently free agents*

    i got this.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Hope we aren't all disappointed in the next week. I think Theo and Jed have a couple of things in the works.

    Hagsag 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Having high-end prospects isn't about "spending money". It's about doing well in the draft and international phases. In the draft, 26 names will be gone in June before the Cubs select. Internationally, the "smaller market teams" have larger internaa\tional budgets. It's about locating and developing, more than spendig.

    tim815 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Cubs best prospect has FV=50. The other teams in our division all have 1 or two players rated higher than 50.  Time to spend some money?

    Craig A. 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • oscar de la cruz #15...cold.

    it's been painful to watch injuries consistantly screw him over.  he still has a nice arm, but at some point getting him prepared to be a 200ip guy is going to be a long shot.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • QuietMan 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • former cubs luis valbuena killed in a car crash...just barely 33 years old.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Theo: Internal growth more vital than FA splash

    "We're not ruling anything in. We're not ruling anything out," said Epstein, repeating his comments from last month's GM Meetings. "It's just it's still the status that we have is we'd have to get really creative to add dollars of real significance. That's still the case. Things would have to be sequenced in a certain way."

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Jesse Rogers‏ @ESPNChiCubs 

    Morrow had a scope on his elbow a month ago. Could impact avail in April

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • tommy hottovy finally gets around to making his contract with the cubs finalized to be the new pitching coach.

    he knocks kyle snyder out of the top spot to claim the youngest pitching coach mark (40 vs 37).

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • twins sign occasional cubbie r.torreyes 1/800K (if he breaks with the team on the roster)

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • he also comes really cheap at 14.5m next year.  offering him a QO is pretty much a no-brainer if healthy, too.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • 31 yr old Goldschmidt will be a free agent after the 2019 season so the upside occurs mainly if he re-signs w StL. If he has a typical PG season,  that will probably be a huge contract since Goldschmidt ‘s initial contract was team friendly and he gave AZ a one year extension with a home town discount. I’m hearing he now wants to get a big payday with free agency to make up for that. I’m thinking he’s a Yankee in 2020. Cards also have other free agents after next year including pitchers Mikolas, Wacha

    Cubster 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Glad to see Weaver move out of the division. 

    Was hoping that some of Goldschmidt’s power lay in part to the home ballpark. Nope. No big home/road splits. In fact, he hit much better on the road last year to the tune of 339/415/638. Damn

    Your move now, Theo 

    Eric S 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Hefty price.  I thought comp draft picks were only tradeable during the season.

    edit - fron Phil's outstanding work.  "A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft). The slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade. Also, a Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only once (only by the club that was awarded the pick). Once traded, the slot cannot be "flipped" to a third club"

    QuietMan 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • paul goldschmidt is a cardinal.  damn.

    luke weaver, carson kelly, and andrew young (and the cards round b competitive advantage pick).

    that was not cheap.

    crunch 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • Two post-2018 Cubs free-agents (INF Mike Freeman and C Bobby Wilson) have signed 2019 minor league contracts with other MLB organizations, Freeman with CLE and B. Wilson with DET. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 2 weeks ago
  • ...and at this point i realize the comment i replied to above was in an international free agent post.  ha.

    crunch 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • SONICWIND75: A one-game (rain-out make-up game) roster would be handled the same way the Wild Card game is now. As you said it, a single starting pitcher with a loaded bullpen. To make the single isolated game more like a series, the active roster limit could be reduced from 25 to 24 just for that game. 

    As for the DL, there was a time many years ago when there was a 15-day DL (maximum two players but only one of whom could be a pitcher), a 21-day DL (maximum three players but no restriction on the number of pitchers), and a 30-day DL (if the 10-day DL and 15-day DL were full). So probably something like that would work, maybe 10 days minimum on the DL for a position player who is injured and replaced during a series, and maybe 15 days minimum on the DL for a pitcher who is injured and replaced during a series.

    And again, this would only apply to a player or a pitcher who is injured during a series where the club wishes to replace him immediately on its active roster and not wait until the conclusion of the series to tweak the active roster for the next series. (There would be no point placing a position player or a pitcher on the DL except during a series).  

    Another way to do it would be to not allow a starting pitcher to be replaced on the 25-man active roster for that series if he has already started a game in the series. So if a starting pitcher is injured during his start on Friday, he cannot be placed on the DL on Saturday or Sunday. He would have to remain on his club's 25-man active roster for the balance of that series. But if he is injured or gets sick prior to his scheduled start (not too likely, but it could happen), then he could be placed on the DL and replaced by a different pitcher (probably a SP called up from the minors to make the "emergency" start) during the series.

    Pretty much the same thing would happen if a starting pitcher goes on Family Medical Emergency/Bereavement Leave or Paternity Leave during a series. He could be replaced on the active roster only if he has not already started a game in the series.   

    Another rule change that I really like is the once suggested recently by ex-Orioles manager Buck Showalter. That is, have the DH in both leagues, but the DH can only hit for the starting pitcher. Once the starting pitcher has left the game, the DH is also out of the game. The club would have the option of not using a DH and letting the SP hit (and that might happen if a good-hitting pitcher like Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner, or Zack Greinke is the starter, or if an "opener" is employed and the club goes with a so-called "bullpen day") so that the DH would be available to PH in a key spot late in the game instead of hitting in the early innings.   

    One other tweak I would use with the DH in this context is if the starting pitcher leaves the game and the DH is removed, the DH can remain in the game and be moved to a defensive position, and the player who is replaced defensively by the DH is replaced in the lineup by the relief pitcher(s). This would put an element of strategy into the use of the DH as it relates to pitching changes and lineup construction that does not presently exist. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Great suggestion.  One question that I have is how would a one game series would work, for example, a make up game from several month earlier that was rained out.  Assume a team would load up the bullpen with a single starter. 

    The only tweek I might suggest is switching the 10 day DL back to a 15 day DL.  I could envision a team's game 1 starter getting a mystery ailment following his start; especially if his next scheduled start would be a bad matchup.  Same for a reliever that was overextended. 

    Sonicwind75 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Interesting proposal, Phil.

    fullykräusened 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Yes, I was surprised when I looked Burgess up the other day; I didn't realize he was that good. I was in junior high when he was with the White Sox--those teams, with Hoyt Wilhelm, Joe Horlen, Tommy John, Tommie Agee, etc., were fun to watch. I remember Burgess as a rather rotund fellow, with a compact, quick swing. 

    fullykräusened 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Cubs AA Tennessee Hitting Coach Jesus Feliciano has been hired as the new 1st base coach of the Los Angeles Angels. Perhaps not coincidentally, Feliciano served as a coach with the AFL Mesa Solar Sox post-2018 on MSS manager Lou Marson's staff, and Marson is the manager of the Angels' AA Mobile affiliate in the Southern League. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • HAGSAG: An unusually high number of IFA were signed by the Cubs in the last ISP because of the new second AZL Cubs team that began play in 2018. More than the usual number of DSL players were moved-up to the AZL last summer to help stock the second AZL Cubs team, and that created a cascade effect of the Cubs needing more new players than usual on their two DSL Cubs teams. That situation has now been stabiliized, and one additional effect of the second AZL team that you may have noticed is that far fewer Cubs minor leaguers were released during 2018 than in previous seasons. A number of Cubs minor leaguers who normally would have been released in prior seasons got at least a one-year reprieve in 2018. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • only 5 multi-year deals so far (1 of those was a contract re-working for a player already under contract, e.escobar, ARZ)...2 of those contracts belong to the rangers.  only 19 deals total (not counting minor league deals).

    as far as the cubs needs go, they're rather fortunate if they're in the market for a mid/high-end reliever because there's a good amount of them out there.

    crunch 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • It seems like a small number of signed players so far.

    Hagsag 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Smoky Burgess had been a platoon catcher in the N. L. and pinch-hit occasionally, but it wasn't until 1965 (with the White Sox) that he became almost exclusively a PH: 

    Smoky Burgess: 
    1965: 308/403/462 (77 games as a PH - 20 hits, 24 RBI, 11 BB, 4 K) 
    1966: 318/410/394 (78 games as a PH - 21 hits, 15 RBI, 11 BB, 8 K) 

    And of course Tommy LaStella was great in 2018. 

    Tommy LaStella: 
    2018: 312/398/416 (90 games as a PH - 24 hits, 11 RBI, 9 BB, 13K) 

    Manny Mota (with the Dodgers) was an outstanding PH for six seasons (1974-79 - best season 1977): 

    Manny Mota:
    1977: 395/521/500 (48 games as a PH - 14 hits, 10 BB, ZERO strikeouts) 

    Lenny Harris (with the Marlins) had an outstanding season as a PH in 2005: 

    Lenny Harris: 
    2005: 311/373/426 (67 games as a PH - 19 hits, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 10 K) 

    It's an arcane (almost peculiar) skill, but it does have value. What makes it fairly rare is that the player has to be bad enough defensively or old enough where playing a defensive position (and therefore playing at least fairly regularly) is not a consideration, but at the same time he can't be enough of an offensive force to be a DH. That's the case with guys like Mota, Harris, and LaStella (Burgess pre-dated the DH). They are (or were) very tough outs and can hit "cold" off the bench, but they would have virtually no value as a DH because they lack HR power. 

    Also, Burgess, Mota, and Harris were 40 years old (or pushing 40) when they had their great years as a PH. It's odd that someone as young as LaStella would be included in that group. 

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • "rare skill": timing a fastball after just being awakened

    VirginiaPhil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Comparing LaStella to Burgess--oy.  Burgess: 126 career home runs, .446 SLG.  LaStella: 10 home runs, .366 SLG.  Plus it looks like Burgess was still catching high double-digit games through age 35.

    VirginiaPhil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Eddie Butler to Korean league.

    Cubster 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • PHIL -- You're proposal makes a lot of sense and solves a lot of problems that I think the MLB has been trying (unsuccessfully in my opinion) to address.  That includes changing from a 15-day disabled list to a 10-day disabled list.  How do we get this message to someone who matters (Clearly my support means nothing)?

    Alexander Dimm 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • allegedly the M's are throwing in a nice chunk of loot, too...but it's all very sketchy with people speculating how much.

    -edit- $20m going to the mets is the final $$ involved per j.heyman and others

    that effectively makes r.cano worth 5/100m to the mets (age 36-40) and they get rid of dead weight in $8.5m (swarzak) + $28m (bruce) if you want to further discount the financial impact.

    crunch 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • I know nothing about the Mets minor leaguers but they're giving up they're #3, and #4 on MLB top prospects.  Does anybody else have a better insight?

    cubbies.4ever 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • the cano trade (SEA/NYM) seems to be going toward the finish line and it's crazy loaded...

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the blockbuster trade between the Mariners and Mets needs to pass three hurdles before it can be made official.

    The teams have agreed on a trade sending Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista going to the Mariners. The players have to pass their physicals, the commissioner's office needs to sign off on the tens of millions of dollars exchanging hands and Cano has to officially waive his no-trade rights."

    crunch 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • In my opinion, the entire season (Game #1 - Game #162 as well as the WC game, LDS, LCS, and WS) should be the same: 

    That is, just like in the post-season, each club maintains an eligibility list of 40 players (the MLB "40-man roster"). From that list each club would designate 25 players "active" prior to the start of a series. Since most series consist of three games, it usually would only be necessary to have three of the club's five starting pitchers active, which would allow for guys like PH-specialist Tommy LaStella and PR-specialist Terrance Gore to be active for that series. If it's a four-game series a 4th SP would be active, meaning either a LaStella or a Gore would probably not be active for that series. But an inactive player would not have to be DFA'd or optioned to the minors. The player would just be "inactive" for that series.  

    A club could choose to option a player on it's 40-man eligibility list (40-man roster) to the minors (to get consistent reps), for the entire season if that's what the club wants to do. The "10-day rule" would remain in effect for players on the 40 who are optioned to the minors. Only players optioned to the minors would not accrue MLB Service Time. All other players on the club's Eligibility List who are not on Optional Assignment to the minors would accrue MLB Service Time, even during a series where the player is not on the club's 25-man active list. 

    And it would generally not be necessary to place anybody on the 10-day DL, because an injured player would just be inactive for that series. In fact, the 10-day DL would only need to be used when a player is injured during a series and needs to be replaced immediately prior to the conclusion of the series. In that case (and only in that case), the injured player would be placed on the 10-day DL. The 60-day DL would be used to remove a player with a major injury or illness from the club's 40-man Eligibility List.  

    The change I am proposing would also address the current goofy September roster rules (active roster limit suddenly expanded from 25 to 40 on 9/1), because nothing would change on September 1st. The only difference might be that a club not in contention playing another club not in contention might choose to recall a young player from the minors and place the player on its 25-man active roster for that series. But a club would never have 40 players available in any game. It would be just 25 players designated "active" for each series, whether it be April, September, or the post-season. 

    The "26th man" rule would remain in effect for doubleheaders, so that an extra starting pitcher (who is on the 40-man Eligibility List) could be called up from the minors and inserted temporarily into the club's starting rotation so that one of the club's five regular starters wouldn't have to start on three-days' rest.   

    Arizona Phil 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • I'm all for one more player on the roster. (But I also support a shorter season and more off days for essentially the same reason: I want to see these great players performing at their best, rather than a 162-game war of attrition.)

    Charlie 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Even if you see this as a La Stella for Torreyes swap, in terms of roster moves, I don't see the appeal. La Stella is much better offensively and Torreyes is better but nothing special on defense.

    Charlie 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Of course, Tim. I'm not saying there aren't good reasons for carrying so many pitchers. I'm just saying that, as a consequence, some interesting types of bench players have become extinct. Maybe rosters could be expanded so teams can carry a Tommy LaStella or Terrance Gore for that one special skill. I realize that opens up a complicated discussion probably better left to FanGraphs...

    fullykräusened 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • hancock's shoulder is trashy...webster, meh...torreyes is a bit surprising.

    SF cut hunter strickland for some reason.  that should work out well for him unless he's injured.  same for blake parker (LAA).

    crunch 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Torreyes, Webster, and Hancock not offered a contract. WTF?

    Hagsag 2 months 3 weeks ago
  • Russell tendered a contract, although based on Theo's statement, it might have been a procedural step to extend the timeframe for another move.

    erich081 2 months 3 weeks ago