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  • Hi Phil,

    Were you surprised Cruz stayed in Arizona? It seemed like he was on track for South Bend. Hopefully he’ll get up there sometime soon.

    Raisin101 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • The first day that a player on an MLB 40-man roster who was optioned to the minors prior to MLB Opening Day and who is not replacing a player placed onto an MLB inactive list (Injured List, Paternity Leave List, etc) can be recalled is this coming Sunday (the 11th day of the MLB regular season), so it's possible that Edwards and/or Rosario (the two pitchers in the Cubs pen with "usable" options) could be exchanged for one or two other relievers on Sunday or Monday, but it won't (can't) happen today or tomorrow, unless somebody on the 25 goes on an inactive list.  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • cubbies.4ever: The Cubs haven't released anybody since March 28th, although George Kontos may have been released yesterday (TBD).

    Otherwise the Cubs are retaining extra minor league players by either assigning them to the Eugene reserve list (while they physically remain with their respective full-season club), or place them on an injured list at Iowa, Tennessee. Myrtle Beach, or South Bend (and some of those players are remaining with their full-season club as well, while others are at the UAPC in Mesa). 

    There is no roster restriction related to minor league service time for the short-season affiliates until July 1st and the Eugene reserve list isn't needed for other players (players who were at Extended Spring Training and 2019 June draft picks) until NWL Opening Day in mid-June, so it just requires a couple of strokes of a keyboard to temporariliy move a player from the Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, or South Bend roster to the Eugene reserve list even though the player doesn't actually go anywhere.   

    And again, I say "temporarily" move a player to the Eugene reserve list, because minor league service time restrictions for short-season leagues go into effect on July 1st. 

    So right now the Eugene reserve list is functioning as a sort of unofficial inactive list for the four full-season affiliates.  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • Edwards needs a visit to Iowa .

    Hagsag 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • The pen was brutal (to put it nicely) again tonight.  Edwards 3G 1.0IP (and he's not a one batter specialist) 45.00 ERA.

    cubbies.4ever 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • AZ PHIL - Have the Cubs released anymore players now that the rosters are starting to get "set"?  I may have missed some, but I think the last one I see posted on here was Rob Z and the handful that included Singleton (was pulling for him, family shooting story etc) and Austin Fillire (sp?) who was the MIT future Moneyball GM grad that I thought would be interesting.  I may have missed any other cuts though.

    cubbies.4ever 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • phew...this pitching...

    no words...just waiting for it to get better...

    crunch 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • it's one thing to play crap baseball, it's another to do it while you're playing in the park where "the tommy hawk chawp" plays for at least 2 hours per game.

    crunch 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Thanks Phil.

    Hagsag 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • HAGSAG: The only player unaccounted for right now is RHRP George Kontos.

    He was absolutely, positively, definitely on the Iowa roster this morning - AFTER - players were moved to the Eugene roster and to the 7-day and 60-day injured lists, and so Iowa had 26 players on its Active List just prior to the Cubs releasing the I-Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (which then all of a sudden did - NOT - include Kontos), so he may have been released sometime today (TBD). 

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Thanks!

    Charlie 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • CHARLIE: Maybe as a SP/RP "swing-man," but not as a rotation SP. Even then it's a long-shot  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Hi, Phil!

    Do you think Erick Leal realistically has a path to the majors as a starter? Or will they send him to the bullpen fulltime when he returns?

    I'd just about forgotten about him after he missed 2017.

    Thanks!

    Charlie 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Albertos FB velo up to 94-95 today (was 89-92 last week) although he still has command issues with it, but CH and CV were very good.

    Y. Perez FB velo at 94 (down from 96 a couple of weeks ago) but he got a lot of swings & misses with his plus-CV. He is a mountain of a young man (6'4 240+).  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • We will have to check with Phil to see if any of: Tseng, Clifton,Tazawa,Markey,Kontos,Markey,Black, Hultzman,E. Castillo,or Hannemann are still in camp.

    Hagsag 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Iowa roster announced.

    Pitchers: Robinson,Rea,Swarmer,Underwood,Maples,Norwood,Mekkes,Wick,Ryan,Collins,Carasiti,Webster,Duensing.

    Catchers:

    Davis,Arcia

    Infielders:

    Adduci,Giambrone,Short,Adames,Evans,Machado.

    Outfielders:

    Dewees,Happ,Field,Borenstein

    Baldonado and Bernard on IR

    Hagsag 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Thanks Hagsag!

    erich081 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • I can't wait until we get to the All your base are belong to us part.

    Jackstraw 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • high quality pre-game content right there.  10/10.  A+.

    the hope for victory is today's desire.

    almora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote(2nd)/schwarber/darvish/zang

    crunch 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Since today is Iowa's Opening Day I wrongly assumed we'd see some roster moves. I know the standard procedure is to hide a few guys in Extended Spring Training in case of injuries, but any idea when we'll see an Opening Day roster?

    erich081 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • The front office has denied that the early bullpen struggles will affect their strategy. But I wonder if behind the scenes there are arguments about whether they should be pursuing Kimbrel.

    Charlie 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • As long as a club believes Araujo is worthy of a spot on its MLB 40-man roster (and the Orioles obviously do not), keeping him on the 25 for just ten days and then optioning him to the minors shouldn't be that big of a deal. 

    If Araujo is not traded or claimed off waivers, the Cubs can easily re-claim him as long as they don't believe they have a better future use for the $50,000 it will cost to re-claim him. There is also the issue of very limited roster space right now for relief pitchers at both AA and AAA, although Araujo could be sent to Extended Spring Training and remain there until there is a slot for him at Tennessee or Iowa. 

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • My hottest take is that Jason Heyward needs to strike out more.

    Charlie 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • ha.

    quite honestly, though the pen could have been upgraded better this offseason i don't have that much of an issue with it.  that said, at this point i have no idea who i would trust to bring into a close/tied game with men on to put out that fire.

    part of me realizes the cubs have a very high payroll (#2 i think), so i don't feel cheated as a fan...but it would have been nice to pick up some pen parts that are more than low-priced free agent gambles.

    crunch 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • That is rather insulting to mashed up assholes.  hmmm, is it too early for a hot dog. 

    Sonicwind75 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Chatwood, Ryan, Tseng, and Wick off 40.

    Morrow Barnette and Cedeno replace Chatwood Rosario and Edwards on 25. Kintzler will eventually become garbage again at which point that opens a spot. But you’re right in that after that point there isn’t a ton of flexibility.

    Dolorous Jon Lester 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • He probably does "deserve" it. The hiccup is, he's not on the 40.

    When ODLC comes off suspnsion, someone leaves the 40. The same with Addison Russell. Mekkes would make it three. Webster would make it four.

    At some point, Brandon Morrow returns, needing a spot. The same for Xavier Cedeno.

    Unless you have seven or eight guys you want to purge, it's kinda the guys on hand, now. Which is why developing your own works so well. If it can be pulled off.

    tim815 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • You know I hate to say it and it proves how brutal the pen has been, but Brandon Kintzler has been our best RP.  I'd like to see Dillon Maples because his stuff is awesome (assuming he can control it) or Dakota Mekkes.  Mekkes seems to go unnoticed and doesn't get the credit he deserves.  He's blown through every level he's pitched now at AAA.  Throughout his career 94G 147IP 1.16ERA .170AVG 1.05WHIP 190/67 K/BB.  You can't tell me he can't beat out one of the guys in the bullpen?

    cubbies.4ever 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Fun start to the season. Good baseball.

    blockhead25 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Any hunch on how it plays out?

    I could see the White Sox claiming him on waivers, and hiding him after ten days.

    tim815 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • this pen is a big bag of mashed up assholes.

    crunch 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • that's why he gets the big bucks

    crunch 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • But he mixed it up this time. A 3-6-3 instead of a 4-6-3.

    Sonicwind75 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • j.heyward has GIDP 5 times in 5 games.  neat.

    crunch 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • zobrist(RF)/bryant/rizzo/baez/schwarb/contreras/descalso(2nd)/lester/heyward(CF)

    it seems we're on a streak of doing that "pitcher 8th" thing again.

    crunch 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • It could make him attractive trade bait too. It also might be the end of Addison in a Cub uniform.

    Hagsag 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • bote just got a 5/15m extension because why not...the real gem of the deal is 2 team option years for 7m and 7.6m

    his D is solid enough to play 3rd and 2nd without embarrasing himself, and can probably play the corner OF if needed.

    this could end up being one hell of a deal once the option years are kicked in.

    crunch 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • RHRP Padro Araujo has been Designated for Assignment by the Baltimore Orioles.

    Araujo was selected by the Orioles from the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the 2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft, but he has not yet accrued the 90 days needed to have "Selected Player" status removed (he is ten days short).

    Therefore, the Orioles have seven days to trade him to another club (in which case Araujo would still be a "Selected Player" with his new club for ten days after-which he could be optioned to the minors), or if he is not traded he must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers and any other MLB club can claim Araujo for the $50,000 waiver price, with Araujo continuing to have "Selected Player" status for another ten days (after-which he can be optioned to the minors). 

    If he is not traded and is not claimed off waivers by another MLB club, the Orioles must offer Araujo back to the Cubs. The Cubs would then have 72 hours to decide whether to re-claim him for half the Rule 5 Draft price ($50,000) or allow the Orioles to keep him. If the Cubs do re-claim him the Orioles get $50,000 and he would automatically be outrighted back to the minor league club from which he was drafted (AAA Iowa). If the Cubs decline to re-claim Araujo, the Orioles are out the $100,000 they paid the Cubs when they drafted him and Araujo would no longer have "Selected Player" status and so the Orioles could either outright him to the minors or release him. 

    If Araujo is outrighted to the minors, he would be eligble to be a minor league 6YFA post-2019 if he is not added back to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) by the 5th day after the final game of the World Series.  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Thanks, hopefully Theo plans to have him hit 94 sometime 

    KingKongvsGodzilla 2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Regardng the trade today that sent OF Socrates Brito (who was claimed off waivers last week) from San Diego to Toronto....

    RESTRICTION ON MAKING WAIVER CLAIMS:
    A club is not permitted to make a waiver claim and then trade the player to another club if the purpose or effect of the claim was to prevent a third club from being awarded the waiver claim. (A waiver claim that is judged by the MLB Commissioner to have been made for this purpose will be revoked).

    So (for example), if a club with a waiver claim priority anywhere between SD and TOR (that would be CIN, TEX, and SF) claimed Brito last week when he was on waivers but didn't get him because the Padres claimed him, that third club can file a grievance and will almost certainly win. 

    This is different from the MLB Rule 5 Draft, where a club can select a player and then trade the selected player to another club with a higher (worse) Rule 5 Draft priority, so that clubs in between the two clubs making the trade can't select the player. Waiver claims aren't like that. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 3 hours ago
  • woo off-day...

    a reminder that mlb.com and the MLB At Bat app will give you access to a no-cost streamed "free game of the day" of their choosing.

    for those that don't have a cable or a streaming baseball package it's a great freebie.

    crunch 3 weeks 4 hours ago
  • Ah! Somebody actually watched him in Spring Training. That's a helpful clarification--thanks for the link!

    Charlie 3 weeks 5 hours ago
  • Ok, you are our GOAT Phi.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 10 hours ago
  • HAGSAG: Giambrone, Short, and Swarmer are assigned to Iowa and Nance is assigned to the Eugene/Mesa roster (soon to be the Cubs Extended Spring Training squad) at Minor League Camp.

    All four were assigned to the Myrtle Beach reserve list during the off-season, however, so milb probably did that because the Iowa Opening Day roster hasn't been released (yet) and there was no place else to put them.

    It is possible that Nance will be placed on the MB 7-day DL on Opening Day (Thursday 4/4), since he is assigned to the Myrtle Beach reserve list.  

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 12 hours ago
  • MiLB transaction list Giambrone, Z. Short, Swarmer, and Nance on the MB roster. Have they been left behind in Mesa until the Iowa roster is trimmed?

    Hagsag 3 weeks 14 hours ago
  • It was an April Fools Day joke. Right?

    Hagsag 3 weeks 16 hours ago
  • Ron Villone is the new Pitching Coach at AA Tennessee, replacing Terry Clark. Assistant Minor League Pitching Coordinator Mike Mason will temporarily replace Ron Villone as Mesa Rehab Pitching Coordinator. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • "burn the tape for this one." - len

    12 hits and 7 walks given up for 8 runs...the defense contributed 6 errors...and only 2 of those 8 runs were earned.

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • sounds like he's trying to get himself a 5y/63m deal

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • KKvG: FB (87-88), a plus-CH (80-81), and a plus slow CV (73-75) - and an - OUTSTANDING - pick-off move to 1st base. He's the classic soft-tossing LHSP who can be very effective by keeping anxious hitters off-balance.  

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 1 day ago

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