Cubs 2022 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agency Watch List

11/10 UPDATE #2

The Cubs have released RHP Wilfri Figuereo, RHP Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP Jensi Ramirez, and 1B-OF Jerry Torres. Only Jaramillo was eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft. 


11/10 UPDATE #1

The Cubs have sent LHP Steven Brault, RHP Anderson Espinoza, RHP Alec Mills, LHP Brad Wieck, INF David Bote, OF Narcisco Crook, and OF Franmil Reyes outright to AAA Iowa.  

Brault, A. Espinoza, Mills, Wieck, Crook, and F. Reyes will be automatically declared MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) today, unless the player signs a 2023 minor league successor contract in the meantime. 

Bote is signed through 2024 with club options for 2025 and 2026, but he has Article XX-D rights so he can decline the outright assignment and elect free-agency  However, if he elects free-agency, his contract will be terminated with no termination pay.  


11/1 UPDATE

The Cubs have reinstated RHP Trey Lang (Cubs 2012 6th round draft pick - Gateway CC) from the Voluntary Retired List.

Now 30 years old, Lang retired in February 2015 after spending three seasons in the Cubs organization. He has been working out at a baseball training center in Phoenix. 

Lang will be eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft next month, and he is under club control through the 2026 season.  


10/17 UPDATE


RHP Kelvin Feliz has retired. 


10/15 UPDATE

OF Michael Hermosillo has filed for free-agency on the last day of the Article XX-D free-agent filing period. It's possible that he waited as long as he did hoping to sign a 2023 minor league successor with the Cubs, but apparently it didn't happen. (A minor league successor contract is a contract for the next season, and it must be signed - PRIOR TO - the minor league player becoming a free-agent). 

A minor league contract tendered to an outrighted player must have a salary equal to at least 80% of what the player was actually paid the previous season, but the contract is not fully guaranteed. Because Hermosiilo spent the entire 2022 MLB season either on an MLB IL and/or MLB Active List, he was paid his entire $707,000 major league salary, and thus a 2023 successor contract for him would have had to have had a salary of at least $565K. However, only two weeks' pay (about $45,000) would be have been guaranteed as termination pay if Hermosillo had signed a 2023 minor league successor contract and then was released prior to MLB Opening Day or during the first two weeks of the 2023 MLB regular season. (Major League contracts that are not fully guaranteed become fully guaranteed on MLB Opening Day, but that is not the case for minor league contracts). 

Hermosillo might have wanted more than $45K of the money to be guaranteed, or maybe the Cubs just didn't see a future for him with the club in 2023 and thus didn't want to allocate a minor legue roster slot to him (not to mention the money). Note that if he were to sign a 2023 minor league contract with the Cubs now that he is a free-agent, there is no requirement that he must be paid 80% of his 2022 salary.    

Like Clint Jackson Frazier and Sean Newcomb, Hermosillo was sent outright to the minors during the 2022 season and as an Article XX-D player he had the right to elect free-agency immediately upon being outrighted with no termination pay, or accept the outright assignment and defer free-agency until a window beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season through October 15th. 


10/6 UPDATE

OF Clint Jackson Frazier and LHRP Sean Newcomb have filed for free-agency. Both were sent outright to the minors during the 2022 season and as Article XX-D players had the right to elect free-agency immediately with no termination pay, or accept the outright assignment and defer free-agency until a window beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (today) up through October 15th (a week from Saturday. 

So Frazier and Newcomb are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign a 2023 major league or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs).   


10/3 UPDATE

OF Michael Hermosillo was sent outright to AAA Iowa on Friday (9/30). 

As an Article XX-D player, Hermosillo had the right to elect free-agency immediately upon being outright and forfeit what remained of his 2022 salary (he has 72 hours to decide), or defer free-agency until the conclusion of the MLB regular season and continue to get paid. He has accepted to he outright assignment, choosing to defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. (To be an Article XX-D  minor league free-agent, he can file for free-agency beginning st 9 AM on the day after the final day of the MLB regular season extending through October 15th).    


9/22 UPDATE

LHP Sean Newcomb was sent outright to AAA Iowa on Monday (9/19).

As an Article XX-D player, Newcomb had the right to elect free-agency immediately and forfeit what remains of his 2022 salary (he had 72 hours to decide) or defer free-agency until the conclusion of the MLB regular season and continue to get paid. He has accepted the outright assignment, choosing to defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (if not added back to the MLB 40-man roster in the meantime). 

Also, RHP Alberto Sojo has been released. He was eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft. 


9/17 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of INF Esteban Quiroz from AAA Iowa and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). He would have been eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft if he hadn't been added to the 40. 

Like Javier Assad, Jeremiah Estrada, Hayden Wesneski, and Jared Young, Quiroz will have Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player status until twenty days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 


9/14 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of INF-OF Jared Young from AAA Iowa and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). He would have been eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft if he hadn't been added to the 40. 

Like Javier Assad, Jeremiah Estrada, and Hayden Wesneski, Young will have Rule 5 Draft Excluded Player status until twenty days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 


9/9 UPDATE

The Cubs have sent RHP Kervin Castro outright to AAA Iowa. He had been Designated for Assignment on Monday 9/5.

Although Castro did not have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted (he had not been outrighted previously in his career and/or accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time), he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the fnal game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 or signs a 2023 minor league successor contract. 


9/5 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHSP Hayden Wesneski from AAA Iowa and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). He was acquired by the Cubs from the Yankees at the MLB Trade Deadline for RHRP Scott Effross, and he would have been eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft if he had not been added to the 40. 

Like Javier Assad, Jeremiah Estrada, Luke Farrell, and Nicholas Padilla, Wesneski will have Rule 5 Draft Excluded Player status until twenty days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 


9/1 UPDATE:

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHRP Jeremiah Estrada from AAA Iowa and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). He had been temporarily added to the Cubs MLB 26-man Active List roster as a replacement player this past Tuesday (8/30) for the series in Toronto. 

Estrada would have been eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft if he had not been added to the 40 by the 11/18 reserve list filing deadline. He was also eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft, but the Major League Phase was canceled due to the CBA lock-out. 

Like Javier Assad, Luke Farrell, and Nicholas Padilla, Estrada will have Rule 5 Draft Excluded Player status until twenty day prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 


8/24 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHSP Luke Farrell from AAA Iowa.

He is out of minor league options, and he has the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted because he has been outrighted previously in his career. 

As is the case with Javier Assad and Nicholas Padilla, Farrell will have Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 


8/23 UPDATE #3

The Cubs have released OF Greg Deichmann. He was acquired by the Cubs along with RHP Daniel Palencia from the Oakland A's in July 2021 for LHRP Andrew Chafin. 

The Cubs could not trade Deichmann because although he was on a minor league reserve list, he had been sent outright to the minors earlier this season. 


8/23 UPDATE #2

The Cubs have also selected the contract of RHRP Nicholas Padilla from AAA Iowa. Like Javier Assad, Padilla was eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-World Series if he had not been added to the 40, and also like Assad, Padilla will have Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day.


8/23 UPDATE #1:

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHSP Javier Assad from AAA Iowa. 

Assad would have been automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA if he was not added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or signed a 2023 minor league successor contract by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2022 World Series. Other notable Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-2022 are LHRP Bryan Hudson, RHRP Nicholas Padilla, and OF Yonathan Perlaza (see full list of post-2022 Cubs Rule 5 Draft-eligibles and potential minor league free-agents below). 

Also, because he was added to the 40 after August 15th, Assad will have Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Playerstatus until 20 days prior to 2023 MLB Opening Day. 

With Assad selected to the MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs now have 159 players on their 180-man minor league Domestic Reserve List (21 slots are open). However, the twelve 2022 draft picks not on the 60-day IL who have not yet played in a minor league game must be added to the DRL when they play in their first game or on the day after the conclusion of the 2022 MLB regular season (whichever comes first).

There are also 27 Cubs minor leaguers presently on a minor league 60-day IL (including two 2022 draft picks) who must be reinstated no later than 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, although the DRL roster limit will expand from 180 to 190 - AND - minor leaguers eligible to be a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA or second contract free-agent who have not signed a 2023 successor contract are declared free agents at that exact same time).  


8/18 UPDATE

The Cubs have released RHP Jose Miguel Gonzalez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic). He was Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2022 (see full list below). 


8/13 UPDATE

The Cubs have released RHP Raynel Espinal (was eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2022). He had been acquired by the Cubs in a minor league trade from the San Francisco Giants on 7/31 for INF Dixon Machado.

The Cubs now have 159 players on their 180-man in-season minor league Domestic Reserve List (21 slots are open).

Note that players on Optional Assignment to the minors, players on a minor league 60-day IL or Restricted List, and first contract players who have been "Signed for Future Service" do not count against the DRL, and players who signed after being selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) do not count against the DRL until the player plays in a game or until the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (whichever comes first), or at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if a drafted player is placed on a minor league 60-day IL prior to playing in a game (as is the case with 2022 6th round pick RHP Will Frisch and 16th round pick RHP JP Wheat).  

The Domestic Reserve List expands from a maximum 180-man limit to a maximum 190-man limit at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, which is the exact same moment in time that MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA and second contract players not signed beyond 2022 will be declared free-agents (they don't have to file, it's automatic), and the exact same moment in time that all players on an MLB or minor league 60-day IL must be reinstated. 


8/5 UPDATE

The Cubs have released LHP Brandon Leibrandt (was eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2022) and RHP Tanner Jesson-Dalton (was Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2022), as well as 1B / LHP Matt Warkentin (2021 NDFA) and C-INF Bryan Serra (2020 NDFA). 


8/4 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of LHP Sean Newcomb and LHP Matt Dermody from AAA Iowa.

Newcomb is out of minor league options, and Dermody has two remaining.

Newcomb was sent outright to Iowa on June 20th, and as an Article XX-D player (he had accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time prior to being outrighted) he had the right to elect free-agency immediately and forfeit what remained of his 2022 salary ($900K salaty pro-rated at about $450K asof 6/20), or accept the outright assignment, get his full $900K, and defer his right elect free-agency until after the conclusion of the 2022 MLB regular season (during a window beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season through October 15th).

He opted to accept the outright assignment and defer the right to elect free-agency.

However, because he has now been added back to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), Newcomb cannot elect free-agency  as an Article XX-D player after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, unless he is outrighted again. 

Also, Newcomb will be eligible for salary arbitration post-2022 if he is still on the 40 as of the 12/2 contract tender date.  

Dermody also is an Article XX-D player (he has been outrighted previously in his career), and so he will have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted again. 


8/2 UPDATE #3:

The Cubs have released RHRP Eury Ramos.

Ramos was scheduled to an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA if he was not added to the 40 post-2022.


8/2 UPDATE #2

The Cubs have traded RHRP Mychal Givens to the New York Mets for minor league RHRP Saul Gonzalez.  

Gonzalez is eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added to the 40 by the 11/18 reserve list fiiing deadline. 


8/2 UPDATE #1

The Cubs have traded RHRP David Robertson to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league RHSP Ben Brown. 

Brown is eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added to the 40 by the 11/18 reserve list filing deadline.


8/1 UPDATE: 

The Cubs have traded RHRP Scott Effross to the New York Yankees for minor league RHSP Hayden Wesneski.

Wesneski is eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 11/18 reserve list filing deadline.

 
7/31 UPDATE

The Cubs have traded minor league INF Dixon Machado to the San Francisco Giants for minor league RHP Raynel Espinal. Both players were eligible to be minor league free-agents after the 2022 season, but Machado was selected to the Giants MLB 40-man roster after the trade. Machado is out of minor league options. 


7/28 UPDATE

The Cubs have released C-INF Cam Balego.


7/21 UPDATE

RHP Matt Swarmer has been sent outright tp AAA Iowa. (He had been Designated for Assignment last Saturday). Because he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or been outrighted to the minors previously in his career, he does not have the right to elect free-agency. However, he will be declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2022 World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 


7/17 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of LHP Steven Brault and RHP Erich Uelmen, and RHP Aneuris Rosario and OF Carlos Morfa have been released.   


7/13 UPDATE

The Cubs have released RHP Robert Gsellman. 


6/30 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of OF Narciso Crook. 


6/24 UPDATE:

The Cubs have released LHP Conner Menez and LHP Ben Holmes. Also, LHP Sean Newcomb was sent outright to AAA Iowa on Monday 6/20, and as an Article XX-D player, he had the right to elect free-agency or defer the right to be a free-agent until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime). He had 48 hours to decide, and he has accepted the outright assignment and deferred free-agency.


6/17 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHP Adrian Sampson, and OF Clint Frazier has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. As an Article XX-D player, Frazier had the right to elect free-agency or defer the right to be a free-agent until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime). He accepted the outright assignment and deferred free-agency. 


6/14 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of LHP Eric Stout, and 1B Grayson Byrd has been released. 


6/6 UPDATE

The Cubs have sent LHP Conner Menez outright to AAA Iowa. As an Article XX-D player, Menez had the right to elect free-agency, or defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (if he isn't added back to the 40 in the meantime). He accepted the outright assignment and deferred free-agency. Also, OF Flemin Bautista has been released.


6/4 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHP Caleb Kilian, and RHP Roberrt Gsellman has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. As an Article XIX-A player, Gsellman had the right to refuse an outright assignment and demand his outright release, but he accepted the outright assignment and now will have the opportunity to elect free-agency after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (if he isn't added back to the 40 in the meantime).
NOTE: It is likely that Gsellman signed an Article XIX-A 45-day waiver sometime prior to having his contract selected on 5/3. This type of waiver allows a club to outright an Article XIX-A player within 45 days of having his contract selected.   


6/3 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed second contract free-agents RHP Stanley Guzman (previously released by TEX), RHP Fraiman Marte (previously released by STL), and RHP Abel Moya (previously released by LAD) to minor league contracts. Moya was assigned to DSL Cubs Blue, and S. Guzman and F. Marte were assigned to DSL Cubs Red.


5/31 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of LHP Brandon Hughes and RHP Matt Swarmer, and FA RHP Adrian Sampson has been signed to a minor league contract.  


5/22 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of C-INF P. J. Higgins


5/10 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of LHP Conner Menez, RHP Adrian Sampson, and INF Ildemaro Vargas. 


5/3 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHP Robert Gsellman, and RHPs Kevin McCarthy and Eric Yardley have been released. 


4/25 UPDATE:

INF Edwin Figuera has been released.  


4/22 UPDATE

OF Greg Deichmann has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. He will be eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, and he will be under club control through the 2023 season.


4/16 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of RHP Mark Leiter Jr and LHP Locke St. John. 


4/14 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed FA RHP Luke Farrell to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Extended Spring Training.  


4/5 UPDATE

The Cubs have released RHP Benjamin Rodriguez and OF Jose O. Lopez.  


4/4 UPDATE

The Cubs have released RHPs Tyler Suellentrop and Austin Krzeminski. Both were second contract players (Suellentrop was previously released by SEA and Krzeminski was previously released by LAA). 


4/2 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contract of RHP Jesse Chavez from AAA Iowa and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). 


3/22 UPDATE

The Cubs have officially signed RHP Robert Gsellman to a minor league contract. 


3/21 UPDATE

Cubs have signed LHSP Steven Brault to a minor league contract with a supposed July player opt-out. He didn't get the expected MLB contract because of medical issues detected in his physical. 

Also, RHP Shane Combs (Cubs 2019 31st round pick - U. of Notre Dame) has retired. 


3/20 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed FA INF Robel Garcia to a minor league contract. 


3/19 UPDATE

The Cubs have re-signed RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract. He had elected free-agency after he was outrighted to AAA Iowa by the Vubs post-2021. 


3/17 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed FA LHP Brandon Leibrandt to a minor league contract. 

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As things stand right now...

67 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and 37 Cubs minor leaguers (27 post-2022 6YFA and ten 2022 second-contract players) are eligible to be declared MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agents at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the 2022 World Series (or at 5 PM Eastern on October 15th if the World Series is cancelled). 

Among the notable Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles post-2022 are RHSPs Ben Brown, Ryan Jensen, Kohl Franklin, Chris Clarke, and Richard Gallardo, RHRPs Cayne Ueckert and Michael McAvene, C Pablo Aliendo, INF Chase Strumpf, 1B Bryce Ball, and OFs Brennen Davis, Kevin Alcantara, Yohendrick Pinango, Darius Hill, and Cole Roederer. (The post-2022 reserve list filing deadline will be on November 15th). 

Some of the noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft and who will be eligible again in 2022 include RHSPs Cam Sanders, Riley Thompson, and Luis Devers, RHRPs Danis Correa and Yovanny Cruz, LHRP Brendon Little, and INFs Jake Slaughter, Andy Weber, and Levi Jordan.   

The most noteworthy Cubs minor leaguer who will be eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agent for the first time post-2022 (if he is not added to the 40 or signs a 2023 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series) is OF Yonathan Perlaza.  

The most noteworthy Cubs minor leaguer who will be eligible to be a Rule 9 minor league free-agent once again post-2022 (if he is not added to the 40 or signs a 2023 minor league successor contracr prior to being declared a 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series) is LHRP Bryan Hudson.  

There are almost always one or two unexpected pop-up break-out guys every season, so a lot is still TBD.  

NOTE: If not added to the MLB 40-man roster, the players underlined and in bold below will likely be placed on the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/15 so that they will be eligible for selection only in the Major League Phase of the 2022 Rule 5 Draft   

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2022 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 11-10-2022):
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Pablo Aliendo, C
Elian Almanzar, RHP
D. J. Artis, OF
Bryce Ball, 1B
Hunter Bigge, RHP 
David Bote, INF (Article XX-D player) 
Craig Brooks, RHP (on Restricted List) 
Ben Brown, RHP
Jesus Camargo, RHP (on Restricted List)
Derek Casey, RHP 
Chris Clarke, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
Yovanny Cruz, RHP
Brennen Davis, OF
Bradford Deppermann, RHP
Christian Donahue, INF 
Luis Devers, RHP
Manuel Espinoza, RHP
Miguel Fabrizio, C-1B
Kohl Franklin, RHP
Richard Gallardo, RHP
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Saul Gonzalez, RHP
Ben Hecht, RHP
Darius Hill, OF
Josue Huma, INF
Ryan Jensen, RHP
Levi Jordan, INF
Chris Kachmar, RHP
Bryan King, LHP
Caleb Knight, C
Trey Lang, RHP 
Adam Laskey, LHP
Brendon Little, LHP
Joel Machado, LHP
Nelson Maldonado, 1B
Luis Marte, RHP
Michael McAvene, RHP
Juan Mora, INF
Rafael Morel, INF
Joe Nahas, RHP
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP
Miguel Pabon, INF-C
Ezequiel Pagan, OF
Jack Patterson, LHP
Fabian Pertuz, INF
Yohendrick Pinango, OF
Malcom Quintero, C
Jake Reindl, RHP
Peyton Remy, RHP
Samuel Reyes, RHP
Luis Angel Rodriguez, LHP
Cole Roederer, OF
Cam Sanders, RHP
Yeison Santana, INF
Jake Slaughter, INF
Chase Strumpf, INF
Riley Thompson, RHP
Cayne Ueckert, RHP
Didier Vargas, LHP
Luis Vazquez, INF
Luis Verdugo, INF
Jake Washer, C
Andy Weber, INF
Blake Whitney, RHP
Bryce Windham, C-INF

Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2023 minor league contract prior to the 2022 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.

NOTE: If not added to the MLB 40-man roster, the players underlined and in bold green below will likely be offered a 2023 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a minor league free-agent on the 5th day after the final game of the 2022 World Series, and if the player signs the successor contract, he will likely be placed on the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list so that he will be eligible for selection only in the Major League Phase of the 2022 Rule 5 Draft   

MLB RULE 9 FREE-AGENT POST-2022 WORLD SERIES

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Jose Albertos, RHP
James Bourque, RHP (Article XX-D player)
Steven Brault, LHP (Article XX-player)
Erick Castillo, C (Article XX-D player)
Kervin Castro, RHP (Article XX-D player)
Narcisco Crook, OF (Article XX-D player) 
Zach Davis, OF
Donnie Dewees, OF
Anderson Espinoza, RHP (Article XX-D player) 
Trent Giambrone, INF (Article XX-D player)
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (Article XX-D player)
John Hicks, C (Article XX-D player)
Jonathan Holder, RHP (Article XX-D player)
Bryan Hudson, LHP
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Alec Mills, RHP (Article XX-D player) 
Tyler Payne, C (Article XX-D player)
C. D. Pelham, LHP (Article XX-D player)
Yonathan Perlaza, OF
Franmil Reyes, OF (Article XX-D player) 
Carlos Sepulveda, INF
Wyatt Short, LHP
Jonathan Sierra, OF
Matt Swarmer (Article XX-D player) 
Dauris Valdez, RHP
Brad Wieck, LHP (Article XX-D player) 
Delvin Zinn, INF
NOTE-1: Article XX-D means players can elect free-agency if sent outright to minors, and Article XIX-A means player must give his consent before he can be sent to minors by optional or outright assignment. 
NOTE-2: A minor league player who is on the Restricted List for the entire 2022 season will not accrue a minor league season and thus would not qualify as a post-2022 6YFA - IF - the 2022 season was needed to qualify as a 6YFA (as is the case with Brooks and Camargo).    

SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTE-3 below)
Michael Arias, RHP (previously released by TOR)
Andres Bonalde, LHP (on Restricted List - previously released by CUBS)
Stanley Guzman, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Kyle Johnson, RHP (previously released by NYY)
Fraiman Marte, RHP (previously released by STL) - see NOTE-4
Abel Moya, RHP (previously released by LAD)
Dalton Stambaugh, LHP (previously released by BAL)
Tim Susnara, C (previously released by AZ)
Harrison Wenson, C (previously released by LAA)
NOTE-3: With mutual consent (player & club), a second-contract minor league player who has accrued fewer than seven minor league seasons can be signed to a multi-year minor league contract with club control extending up through the player's seventh minor league season. So it is possible that one or more of the Cubs minor league second contract players are signed beyond the 2022 season (TBD).
NOTE-4: RHP Fraiman Marte (previously released by STL) is a second-contract player, but he is not yet eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft. 

ARTICLE XIX-A MINOR LEAGUE FA POST-2022:
NONE 

ARTICLE XX-A MINOR LEAGUE FA POST-2022:
David Bote, INF (was sent outright to minors on 11/10 / has right to elect free-agency)   
 

Comments

So keep in mind that Stephen Gonsalves, John Hicks, Dixon Machado, Kevin McCarthy, and Ildemaro Vargas are out of minor league options if they are added to the 40 at some point in 2022. All of the other players signed by the Cubs to 2022 minor league contracts will have an option available if added to the 40. 

Tribune article Saturday says Cub coaching changes include: Mike Napoli as the 1st base coach, Craig Driver replacing departed Mike Borzello as "game strategy/catching" coach and Garrett Lloyd as bullpen coach (minor league dev coach in 2021). 

Official workouts begin Monday.  40 man roster required to report by Sunday. Spring training schedule starts at Giants on 3-18 and they host the WSox on 4-4.

If Caleb Kilian is called up during the 2022 season and he is subsequently optioned back to the minors, he would get a 4th minor league option in 2025, but if he is added to the 40 post-2022 without getting a call-up during the season he will get only three minor league options (last option year in 2025).

So if the Cubs believe he is close to being ready but aren't 100% sure, there is no reason not to call-up Kilian in 2022 (like maybe as the 27th man SP in a doubleheader), even if it means optioning him back to the minors. It wouldn't make any difference, because either way his last option year will be 2025. 

This also would apply to Ryan Jensen and Cayne Ueckert, two other pitchers who are probably close to being MLB-ready. The way things look right now, the Cubs will likely add both Jensen and Ueckert to the 40 post-2022 anyway, so there is no reason not to bring them up for a look-see during the season, because they would get a 4th minor league option in 2025 if one is used in 2022, but they would only get three minor league options if not called-up and then optioned back to the minors in 2022. 

BTW, this does NOT apply to Brennen Davis, who is (besides Kilian) the most-likely post-2022 Rule 5 Draft eligible to get called-up during the season. He would not be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2025, so bringing him up in 2022 and then optioning him back to the minors would burn one of his three option years. 

A couple of Rule 5 Draft-eligible position players who could get called up during the season are infielders Andy Weber and Levi Jordan. Both are polished guys in the upper levels of the Cubs system. 

Also, three pitchers who are going to be minor league 6YFA post-2022 could get called up in 2022. That would be RHRPs Dakota Mekkes and Dauris Valdez and LHRP Bryan Hudson. There would be no reason not to take a look at them if they are pitching well at AAA, since they will be free-agents after the season if left in the minors. 

The Cubs have one slot open on the 40 that they can use for Andrelton Simmons, but if the Cubs need additional MLB 40-man roster slots in the coming days, RHRP Codi Heuer (2022 TJS), INF David Bote (post-2021 shoulder surgery), and C Miguel Amaya (2021 TJS) could be placed on the 60-day IL once Spring Training officially begins (which will be tomorrow - 3/13)  

Also, Amaya can be optioned to the minors (even though he is injured) because he did not accrue any MLB service time in 2021, which is why Heuer and Bote would need need to go on the 60-day IL first (ahead of Amaya).

The deadline to option an injured player who did not accrue any MLB Service Time the previous season is 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day (which will be March 23), so unless his 40-man roster slot is needed sometime in the next ten days, I would expect Amaya to be optioned to the minors by 3/23 so that he won't accrue MLB Service Time or have to be paid at the MLB rate ($700K).    

The Cubs also have four players with Draft-Excluded Status on the 40 (Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Nelson Velazquez, and Ethan Roberts), and they cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors any earlier than twenty days prior to MLB Opening Day (meaning no earlier than 3/18).  

Velazquez and Roberts did not accrue any MLB Service Time iun 2021, so the Cubs will want to option them to the minors no later than 3/23 so that they can be optioned even if injured. 

It's very likely that MLB active list rosters will expand from 26 to 28 and the 13 pitcher maximum will be relaxed for a period of time (maybe as much as 30 days) at the beginning of the MLB regular season, and with the DH making the bench less important because pinch-hitters for the pitcher won't be needed, it is likely that  most clubs will start the season with 16 pitchers, possibly even 17.

So one of the most-important missions of the Cubs in Spring Training will be to find 11 or 12 relief pitchers who can get outs, and the way it looks right now, that could be a really big problem. So I expect the Cubs to sign at least two veteran MLB relievers in the next few days. 

With the likelihood that most clubs will carry 16 pitchers and 12 position players the first month of the season  before transitioning to the 13 / 13  pitcher / position player ratio after that, roster flexibility coming out of Spring Training will matter even more than usual.

Michael Hermosillo (VERY likely to get dropped from the 40 before anybody else), Sergio Alcantara (next most-likely to get dropped), Harold Ramirez (likely to get dropped if the Cubs sign a DH), and Rafael Ortega (not as likely to get dropped from the 40 because he can play all three OF positions) are out of minor league options, making them prime candidates to get dropped from the 40 to make room for the DH (or 1B with Schwindel being the DH) and probably two veteran MLB relievers the Cubs will likely sign in the coming days. 

Clint Frazier's spot on the 40 is probably not in danger, because even if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster, he does have a minor league option available. That in itself makes him much less-likely to get dropped from the 40 than Hermosillo, Alcantara, Ramirez, or Ortega. 

It will also mean that the four extra relievers added for the first month of the season will ideally have minor league options left, making pitchers signed to minor league contracts who are out of minor league options if added to the 40 (Stephen Gonsalves and Kevin McCarthy) a bit more problematic if on the Opening Day roster, unless they are expected to remain on the MLB active list roster once the 13 pitcher maximum is reinstated.  

While you have Estrada on this list, he is not on the depth chart fo any affiliate.

CC08: I have fixed that. Thanks for checking! Let me know if you find anything else. 

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In reply to by Cubster

minor league/split contract.

i know he's getting toward the end of his career, but after how he ended the season with ATL i'm surprised he had to settle for that kind of deal.

he can still throw 91+mph and when you're a fastball/cutter guy that works.  dude gave up an alarming amount of homers during his couple years in TX, but he threw 33.2ip last season with the braves without giving up a single one.

reds fans are revolting hard against ownership.

they are not happy with the sell-off or the returns (so far) from the sell-off.

NL Central looking weak as hell on whole...

alzolay evidently hurt his shoulder/lat 3 weeks ago and probably won't be realy to go for "1-2 months."  he won't even test things out for another week+.

that should lock in alec mills and let the kids battle for the 5th slot.

cubs are supposedly close to signing psychodelic fish scale arm lefty starter steven brault.

meh.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Steven Brault missed most of the 2021 season with a lat strain that wouldn't quit, but he was one of the better SP in MLB in 2020. As for why the Pirates dropped him, he was arbitration eligible coming off an injury, and risking a potential arbitration loss would not have been a good play for a bottom feeder like the Bucs. 

Also, Brault does have one minor league option left, and he won't be a FA until post-2023. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Although the 13 pitcher maximum rule will likely be relaxed the first month of the season, once it is established there will be a premium on multi-inning relievers, so I would expect both Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson to work out of the pen, with Stroman, Hendricks, Miley, Mills, and Alzolay the five SP and Brault at AAA presuming the other five are healthy. 

Keep in mind that Adbert Alzolay is out of minor league options, so while it's a lock he will be on the MLB roster, the Cubs will need to determine if he is best-suited as a SP or as a multi-inning RP like Steele and K. Thompson. If Alzolay works out of the pen, then that opens up a SP slot for Brault (presuming he is healthy). Also, Caleb Kilian could very well be ready at some point in 2022.

spring training televised cubs game start tomorrow (thursday) afternoon with a split squad vs wsox (7 inning game).

mlb.tv is now including pre+postgame coverage for most teams/games...no idea about cubs/marquee.

the ricketts family and hedge fund shit stain ken griffin are partnering up to attempt to buy Chelsea Football Club.

the current team has a payroll of around 250m (USD) and a "brand value" around 1.1 billion (USD).

"Opening Day remains scheduled for April 7 and the 2022 regular season concludes on October 5. The revised schedule includes 31 doubleheaders to make up for the week-long delay to the impending campaign. There will be very few off days, including after the All-Star break, for most teams this upcoming season."

162 games...

unless it's an error rolling out the new season of MLB.tv it seems today's cubs games (split squad) and the cubs games this weekend are all "Free" broadcasts.

both of the thursday games are 4pm EST start times.

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In reply to by Cubster

he's going to be out a while with his shoulder.  this crew of guys won't make it too easy to get ABs when he gets back, though.

patrick wisdom can't be too thrilled right now...but i imagine he didn't think he had a strangle-hold on 3rd given how weakly he ended the season (homers aside).

the cubs not having an obvious DH should help all these guys find ABs.

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In reply to by Cubster

The Cubs are making a push to maybe hang around in the race for expanded playoff positions. That may be not a pipe dream with a view more moves on the margins. Another splash or two in the Stroman / Suzuki realm would do more. But they should probably prioritize these depth/marginal improvements in bullpen and rotation depth.

hendricks showing amazing command/control in his 1st inning of work.  everything where he wanted it.

single, 2 Ks, groundout

cubs/wsox lineups in both games are full of minor leaguers who have been in camp longer than the rest of the guys.

chris martin going into the pen jumble.  1y/2.5m deal finalized.  i didn't think he was coming with a MLB deal.

cubs 40-man roster currently sits at like...60 or 70 or something.

brad wieck seems to have injured himself rather badly...elbow...60-day DL.

he "felt something" in a pen session earlier in the week.

some of these recent pen moves starting to make more sense.

d.ross got guys out here playing shifts on minor league batters in the 1st spring training game.

no days off.

crow-armstrong's legs seems to be in mid-season form.  he attempted a jumping catch (not on the run) at the wall with a big leap and landing.  he missed it by a ton and even kevin kiermaier wouldn't have snagged it.  he tried again 2 innings later, and was much closer, but not close enough.

...and the unforgiving sky makes 3 wsox converge to miss a popup, too.

spring in arizona open skies...fun times.

all the cubs spring games are free stream through the 24th @mlb.tv

all the games are free stream, actually.  enjoy some poorly played sub-par baseball everyone.  woo spring training...can't believe how much they charge for spring game tickets the past few years, but there's 0 issue filling seats.

s.suzuki deal finalized at 5/85m (17m a year average).

2022: $7M | 2023: $17M | 2024: $20M | 2025: $18M | 2026: $18M

$5M signing bonus + full no-trade clause

he was introduced at a press conference this afternoon in AZ.  he is expected to play RF (not a shocker).

The Cubs have signed FA switch-htting INF Robel Garcia to a minor league contract. He was with the Cubs for a while in 2019, and with the Houston Astros for a time in 2021.

The Cubs keep signing pitchers. Is there a possibility of a taxi squad that travels with the team, as they had the last two years? They have to have room in the minors for pitchers who are still in development. 

I thought I read that Russell was playing in the Korean league and doing rather poorly, but I am not sure that is correct.  Nor am I sure that your question was sarcastic, so ignore this if it was.

big backlash on social media (trending #NoToRicketts in multiple countries) about the Ricketts interest in buying Chelsea (soccer club) because of the elder Ricketts racist emails from years ago.

a former Chelsea player is leading a campaign against them buying the team.  fun times.

manuel rodriguez and cayne ueckert sent to minor league camp.  not shocking news, but there was an outside shot for both to break with the club, rodriguez especially.

waiting around for a late game only to get the cleveland announce crew on marquee.  well, at least we get games rather than not showing it...props to marquee for hooking that up.

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In reply to by tim815

thanks for reminding me mlb.tv can overlay radio options...got 670 The Score feed going.

haven't used this in a while.  listened to len call some white sox games early in the season when he moved across town...was weird.

hendricks - steele - stroman

that's the first 3 SP out of the gate.  wade miley gonna start the season on the 10d IL.

ethan roberts makes the team...that one is a slight surprise.

dunno if the numbers will play out as ready, but mentally and stuff-wise, he's ready.  guy throws a variety of pitches well, even if not for high velocity.

I can never get enough of the good vibes when a player makes the opening day roster for the first time. Again, Ethan Roberts gets highlighted in today's Tribune Cub update.

His quest to make the roster concluded with another scoreless inning Monday; he didn’t allow a run in 5 1/3 Cactus League innings. He returned to the Cubs dugout at Sloan Park, receiving praise for his outing and inquiries as to how his hand felt (he had knocked down a comebacker off José Abreu’s bat with his bare right hand to record his final out Monday against the White Sox).

Roberts sensed weird looks. Then manager David Ross approached him: “Hey, can you still shake my hand?”

“I promise it’s good,” Roberts told Ross.

“And he’s like, ‘Well, good, you just made the team,’ ” Roberts said. “I just melted.”

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

last year they dumped almost everyone of value and going into 2022 we only have madrigal to show for all the high-end trades.  if not for injury they would have a decent reliever added to the mix, too.

the NL Central is the weakest division in baseball and the richest team in the NL Central is only weakly trying to compete rather than taking advantage of the situation.

the 1st game hasn't been played and it feels like last year where we're looking at the roster and assuming a big chunk won't be here past the trade deadline.

The Sweeper? Article about Daniel Norris learning a new pitch (or a variant of the slider).

Moskos has helped teach a pitch called the sweeper. It is a slider that became popular within the Yankees organization, where Moskos spent last year coaching after a year at Driveline. The pitch is also utilized by other forward-thinking organizations like the Dodgers. Athletic subscription article.

https://theathletic.com/3232180/2022/04/06/cubs-notes-daniel-norris-and…

I drove by the park on Tuesday. The entire RF side, Addison and Sheffield entrance is still fenced due to ongoing construction. Anyone know how long that's going to take?

Okay, I'll bite. Why isn't Chris Martin included in the "Note 8" section of the 40 man roster. He was signed to an MLB deal after November 1? Why should he be able to be dealt without concern before June 15th?

 

I'm staring at the reason, but not seeing it.

 

If he can be traded for dimes on the dollar, tomorrow? Do it. Before he pumpkins. For a 2021 Draft Pick doing well.

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In reply to by tim815

TIM: Only an Article XX-B MLB free-agent (minimum six years of MLB Service Time) who signs a major league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day gets the automatic "no trade" through June 15th. So for example, while Jesse Chavez was a post-2021 Article XX-B free-agent, he signed a - MINOR LEAGUE - contract, and then was subsequently added to the 40 prior to Opening Day. That's why the Cubs could trade Chavez without any restriction, even though he was a post-2021 Article FA just like Givens, Gomes, Norris, Robertson, Simmons, Smyly, Stroman, and Villar.  

In the case of Chris Martin, he was an Article XX-D minor league FA, meaning he was outrighted to the minors after the 2021 season and elected free-agency. He didn't have enough MLB service Time to qualify as a post-2021 Article XX-B MLB FA. So while he signed a 2021 major league contract with the Cubs, he was not a post-2021 Article XX-B MLB free-agent like Givens, Gomes, Norris, et al, so he didn't get the automatic "no trade" through June 15th. 

Phil, can Miley be traded before June 16th?

He might still be on the IL at that point so it could be a moot point, but would it be possible since he was claimed off waivers? 

You've mentioned this before but I can't find your explanation.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Wade Miley does not have an automatic "no trade" through 6/15 because he was not a post-2021 Article XX-B free-agent. Cubs with the automatic Article XX-B "no trade" through 6/15 are Givens, Gomes, Norris, Robertson, Simmons, Smyly, Stroman, and Villar. 

Jesse Chavez did not have a "no trade" because although he was a post-2021 Article XX-B FA, he signed a minor leage contract with the Cubs and then was selected to the 40 at the end of Spring Training. A player has to be an Article XX-B FA and then sign a major league contract ay least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day in order to get the automatic "no trade" through 6/15.   

AZ Phil:  just for fun & curiosity... who do you think will get poached from the Cubs in the minor league portion of the R5 draft? Who would you take if you were a competing GM?

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

FIRST.PITCH: I can't speak for Phil, but I would take the first player in this list that doesn't end up being protected:

  1. Brennen Davis
  2. Kevin Alcántara
  3. Cam Sanders
  4. Bryce Ball
  5. Jeremiah Estrada
  6. Danis Correa
  7. Bryan Hudson
  8. Brendon Little
  9. Erich Uelmen
  10. Eury Ramos
  11. Chase Strumpf
  12. Cayne Ueckert

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

FIRST.PITCH: My bad - you said that. Here's my attempt at your actual question! IMO, most guys worth taking would amount to organizational filler - decent player but no upside. If you need a High A catcher, you grab a 25 year old from someone else's organization and plug him in for the year. I believe that the Cubs will choose to protect the following players at the Major League level:

  1. Brennen Davis
  2. Kevin Alcántara
  3. Cam Sanders
  4. Bryce Ball
  5. Jeremiah Estrada
  6. Danis Correa
  7. Bryan Hudson
  8. Brendon Little
  9. Erich Uelmen

And, I believe that the Cubs will choose to protect the following players at the AAA level:

  1. Eury Ramos
  2. Chase Strumpf
  3. Cayne Ueckert
  4. Yohendrick Piñango
  5. Kohl Franklin
  6. Richard Gallardo
  7. Riley Thompson
  8. Manuel Espinoza
  9. Nelson Maldonado
  10. Darius Hill
  11. Levi Jordan
  12. Yonathan Perlaza
  13. Juan Mora
  14. Ryan Jensen
  15. Javier Assad
  16. Cole Roederer
  17. Luis Devers
  18. Chris Clarke
  19. Blake Whitney
  20. Yovanny Cruz
  21. Bryce Windham
  22. Yeison Santana
  23. Andy Weber
  24. Dalton Stambaugh
  25. Gabriel Jaramillo
  26. Ezequiel Pagan
  27. Luis Angel Rodriguez
  28. Luis Vazquez
  29. Adam Laskey
  30. Michael Arias
  31. Derek Casey
  32. Joel Machado
  33. Fabian Pertuz
  34. Luis Verdugo
  35. Alberto Sojo
  36. Ben Hecht
  37. Michael McAvene

That leaves one spot open for a minor league free agent or a selection in the AAA phase of the draft. The following unprotected players could be worth selecting. Some of the players listed are 6-year free agents who would have to sign a successor contract in order to be available for the Rule 5 Draft.

I would do so in this order (but it likely is based on need):

  1. Anyone on the above list that is not protected.
  2. Malcom Quintero (young, true lottery ticket - very unknown - solid offensive numbers in limited action)
  3. Eduarniel Nunez (High spin rate - FB up to 99mph, struggles with command/control - would hurt to lose him)
  4. Nicholas Padilla (former AAA Rule 5 Draft Pick by the Cubs - healthy and having a solid year)
  5. Bryan King (Healthy, left-handed relievers are always worth grabbing - old for his levels, but a 0.00 ERA this year so far)
  6. Jake Slaughter (3B,2B,1B with doubles/gap power and solid defense - starting to hit HR's - could be a late bloomer)
  7. Jack Patterson (Great numbers, ordinary stuff, but a lefty who's been hurt forever and getting old)
  8. Chris Kachmar (Setup or long relief - throws 95mph)
  9. Wyatt Short (Lefty reliever who is getting old and coming off injury and ineffectiveness - can't seem to handle AAA)
  10. Dauris Valdez (Threw 100+ mph at one point - been hurt - always was wild)
  11. Jake Washer (Hitting well this year, but an older backup catcher with a limited skillset)
  12. Greg Deichmann (Went unclaimed this year, but starting to improve - needs to fix something (e.g. swing, glasses, who knows!))
  13. Peyton Remy (can handle lots of innings as a SP or LR - low draft pick - might not find much more success at higher levels)
  14. Jared Young (similar to many minor league free agent 1B/COFs - seems to be running out of time)
  15. Jose Miguel Gonzalez (Been given lots of chances so Cubs must see something - I haven't seen it yet)
  16. Jonathan Sierra (No power - Pretty much limited to 1B - Looks terrible in the outfield - lots of better 1Bmen ahead of him)
  17. Miguel Pabon (former infielder-turned catcher, hasn't ever hit but limited sample - unknown)
  18. D.J. Artis (Injured, limited to LF, no power - doesn't project well to the majors)
  19. Grayson Byrd (minor league roster filler - almost got cut prior to this season - batting .087 right now)
  20. Delvin Zinn (FAST - minor league roster filler - batting .028 right now) (Should be released soon)

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In reply to by Wrigley Rat

W-RAT: Elian Almanzar's FB was up to 96-99 MPH in the ACL game Thursday night versus the Brewers Blue squad, and while he has zero command of it, he is now very likely to be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/18, because he just has too much of a raw power arm to risk losing him in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. 

Almanzar did not pitch in EXST games until the last week. He threw only "live" BP and to LH-hitters only up until then, because his FB command was really bad and he appeared to have a hang-up about throwing to RH-hitters.

The FB command Is somewhat better now than it was last month (he has no trouble throwing his FB for strikes in the bullpen or when warming up on the mound before an inning), but it's still not good when he pitches to a batter, especially if it's a RH-hitter. He is at least able to drop his 81-84 MPH slurvy breaking ball in for strikes, after showing his heater and scaring the shit out of the hitter.  

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

First Pitch 120: I update the watch list whenever a Rule 5 Draft eligible player or a player eligible to be a minor league free-agent is added to or removed from the Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List or Internatinal Reserve List, so on any given day different players might be in bold/green/underlined, and these are the players on that day I project will be placed on the AAA Iowa Reserve List on 11/18 (normally 11/20, but 11/20 falls on a Sunday in 2022). 

I believe at least seven and perhaps as many as ten post-2022 Rule 5 Draft eligible players and/or players eligible to be Rule 9 Minor League free-agents presently on the Cubs 180-man Minor League Domestic Reserve List will be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster by the 11/18 deadline (some perhaps even during the MLB regular season, after the trade deadline), so there will be a number of players I do not currently have highlighted who will be likely be placed on the AAA Iowa Reserve lIst on 11/18... 

in this oder: 

1. Alberto Sojo, RHP 
2. Ben Hecht, RHP 
3. Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP 
4. Samuel Reyes, RHP
5  Bryan King, LHP  
6. Adam Laskey, LHP 
7. Derek Casey, RHP 
8. Hunter Bigge, RHP 
9. Joe Nahas, RHP  
10. Peyton Remy, RHP 

General rule of thumb is you do not want to lose pitchers with upside in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Some of the ten pitchers on the list above are injured or in the process of rehabbing, so how that process is going would influence whether or not one or more of them will be placed on the AAA Iowa Reserve List when it is submitted to the MLB Commissioner on 11/18. It also means that one or more pitchers or position players presently projected to be placed on the AAA Iowa Rerseve List on 11/18 might not be. 

Again, the significance of the AAA Reserve List is that Rule 5 Draft-eligible pitchers and position players on the 38-man AAA Reserve List can be selected in the Major League Phase ONLY ($100,000 draft price with the possibility of reclaiming the drafted player later for $50,000).

Rule 5 Draft-eligible Players not placed on the AAA Reserve List can be selected in the AAA Phase where the draft price is only $24,000, and where there is no possibility of reclaiming the drafted player later.

azbobbop: Darius Hill is a bat-first LF / high-contact hitter without the defensive chops needed to play CF or the arm to play RF, so he doesn't really project as a 4th OF (like Rafael Ortega) at the big league level. Rather, Hill is more like Ian Happ, a guy who can handle LF OK, but who would hurt a team defensively if he plays CF or RF.

Hill absolutely murders RHP, but he holds his own against LHP, so he could actually be an everyday MLB LF. At the very least he will be an MLB platoon LF with somebody. Or he could be more than that. He has a 70 hit tool. In fact, his max ceiling-comp would be Michael Brantley, which is to say a high-contact 300 hitter and potential batting champion who doesn't strike out much but also doesn't walk much, hits a lot of doubles, but not a lot of HR. 

Hill probably has the highest floor of any of the Cubs outfield prospects. He - WILL - play in MLB. The only problem is that the Cubs have a number of other OF prospects (Brennon Davis, Pete Crow-Armstring, Kevin Alcantara, Yohendrick Pinango, Owen Caissie, Cole Roederer, Nelson Velazquez, and Alexander Canario) with higher ceilings than Hill, either because they are better defensive outfielders, or because they can play CF and/or RF in addition to LF, or because they have more speed and/or more HR power. But none of those OF prospects have Hill's high floor. 

To summarize, Darius Hill is a legit MLB LF prospect. He will play in MLB. Just maybe not with the Cubs, but that's only because the Cubs have so many other legit OF prospects with higher ceilings than Hill. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Any insight into Jake Slaughter's offensive outburst in AA this month? I know he got left behind at EXST to start the year and you mentioned him taking it well and being deserving of another shot. Was there any particular change he made while he was down there? What do you make of what he's doing right now in Tennessee?

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: Jake Slaughter was "left behind" at Extended Spring Training at the end of Minor League Camp, mainly because there wasn't room for him with a full season affiliate thanks in large part to all of the trades for position player prospects the Cubs made post-2020 and during the 2021 season.

EXST (April - May) is different from being at a full season affiliate in that there is pre-game instructional work done every day, there are one or two instructional "camp days" scheduled every week, and players not scheduled to play in the EXST game that day do a full day of instructional work on those days. So a player can work on a lot of things at EXST he would not be able to work on if he was at Myrtle Beach, South Bend, Tennessee, or Iowa.

What separates EXST from ACL is not the games (the players play EXST games EXACTLY the same way they play ACL games, the only differences being the games are not "official," and some of the goofy rules variances allowed in EXST games that are not permitted in ACL games). Rather, it's the opportunity to work on things pre-game, on camp days, and on days the player isn't playing in games that makes EXST unique. 

So Slaughter was at EXST with several other older position players (Byrd, Sepulveda, Garcia, Huma, Warkentin, Rivero, et al) who also were left behind, and Slaughter in particular really took full advantage of the opportunity to work with Cubs minor league hitting coordinator Tom Byers, minor league infield coordinator Ryan Serena, and minor league baserunning coordinator Doug Dascenzo on improving various areas of his game. 

Slaughter's exit velocity increased, he changed his launch angle to elevate balls more, he improved his base-stealing technique, and his defense (especially at 3B) improved as well. He essentially re-invented himself. Maybe it's because he saw his future as a professional baseball player at stake. I don't know. But he is a different player today than he was three months ago. 

As far as Jake Slaughter's future in concerned, he is in a similar class as Levi Jordan, Trent Giambrone, Chase Strumpf, and Andy Weber, which is to say a David Bote-type AA/AAA utility infielder with some MLB upside. Slaughter can play 1B-2B-3B, he has HR power, and he can steal bases. Right now I would say Slaughter is a legit MLB utility infielder prospect, with a ceiling at or above Jordan, Giambrone, Strumpf, and Weber, and even Bote, because of his combination of power, speed, and infield versatility.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Excellent info. Thanks, AZ Phil! I have noticed him and Strumpf trading off 3B and 2B lately, so it is interesting to see both of them having some versatility. He's certainly crushing the ball right now without striking out, so as long as he keeps that up he'll keep getting chances somewhere I imagine.  

 I watched Slaughter a couple of times last year on TV and in person and didn't think much of him as a prospect - org filler at best.  Over the weekend, I watched him twice on Marquee and he is a very different hitter.  He is hitting the ball the other way, a natural opposite field stroke.  He looks good in the box, confident in his ABs, nothing like the hitter I saw last year.  Who knows what to make of his turn around.  He is 25 years old and played 3B and 2B this weekend.  The Cubs could have sent him back to South Bend or MB, but promoted him to Tennessee after his stay at extended spring training.  Another lab success?  We will have a better idea at the end of August.

Phil, thanks as always for all the great information. You got anything on Marquez, Alzolay or Davis? Are they working to a return soon?

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In reply to by azbobbop

azbobbop: Brailyn Marquez has been down here in the rehab group. I don't know where Adbert Alzolay is right now. Brennon Davis is out indefintely after undergoing back surgery, but the Cubs hope he might be able to see some game activity in post-season Instructs and/or in the Arizona Fall League or maybe in Latin winter ball. 

bottom 8th, contreras hit a single and asked for the ball.  there's no personal milestone on that single.

cubs start after the a/s break on the road for 3 games before coming back to wrigley.

it looks like he's asking for the ball for his possible last cubs hit, or his last possible hit at wrigley.  either way it seems like contreras knows he may be quickly on the way out after rep'ing the cubs at the a/s game.

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In reply to by Alexander Dimm

ALEXANDER: Cam Balego lasted in the Cubs system as long as he did only because he went through the catcher conversion program in 2018, but he was never really good enough at it to be anything more than a #3 catcher, and the Cubs have other better options for that role at AA. 

Balego did show some signs of maybe becoming a bat-first C-1B-3B utility guy at Myrtle Beach in 2019, but by the time minor league baseball resumed in 2021 whatever mojo he found in 2019 was gone.  

Maybe I'll get a look at HW this week. Sounds more like an insurance agent than a ballplayer but what's in a name?

Mlbtr info on our new insurance agent sound interesting. Mid 90's FB and Baseball America projected him as a 4th starter. "MLB.com has already updated its ranking of the Cubs’ top prospects with Wesneski slotting in No. 8, right behind fellow pitching prospects Caleb Kilian and Jordan Wicks." He was ranked 4th in the Yanks farm system but I'm not sure that means much.

HOU deals for trey mancini.  they gave up jose siri and a ranked 10-15 type system prospect SP in a 3-way trade also involving TB.

astros snag christian vazquez from BOS...pretty safe to assume they're no longer in the market for contreras or happ (mancini aquired earlier in the day).

I'm a little concerned that the Contreras market may be drying up. Houston is out, San Diego seems preoccupied with Soto and who knows what the Mets are thinking. I hope the Cubs have multiple balls in the air. Also surprised some of the smaller stuff (e.g. Smyly, Ortega) hasn't been cleaned up today. Jed needs a big 24 hours. 

If Ian Happ and Willson Contreras and/or a RP (Givens or Robertson) go to Tampa Bay, look for RHP Cole Wilcox (2021 TJS) to be part of the return. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Another Rays prospect the Cubs might target is CF Mason Auer, a potential two-way player who was drafted by the Cubs out of HS in 2019 but did not sign. And of course there's INF Isaac Paredes, who the Cubs sent to Detroit with Jeimer Candelario in the Justin Wilson / Alex Avilas deadline trade in 2017 and then was traded to the Rays for OF Austin Meadows this past April.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

WAS pretty much traded for a farm system starter kit.  they got 2 extreme high end pieces (cj abrams + robert hassell) and some other guys who should go into the offseason being highly ranked not just in the organization, but all of baseball.

abrams or hassell, alone, would be key pieces of a major trade.  getting them both is...wow.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

I very much wanted the Cubs to draft Wood over Triantos (or underslot instead of Jordan Wicks, as I didn't think he'd make it to us in 2nd rd).  I was not at the time, and still really am not, that impressed with Triantos as a 2nd rd pick.  His biggest calling card was high contact/high average (only swing and missed 4 times, or soimething like that), but of course he is striking out at a 20% rate in the minors with an under .400 slg and under .350 OBP.  Triantos drafted 56th last year, signed overslot $2.1m, is a nice prospect, far from top in system, really struggling to get footing (.222/.271/.322 in June, .241/.309/.437 in July), while Wood (drafted 6 picks later, slightly higher bonus but both well overslot) is easily a top 100 prospect who is a valuable part of Soto deal.

Padres get players like Soto because (i) they develop players well, (ii) they take high-end players, and (iii) they maximize value in trades.   They made tons of major acquisitions pre-Soto (Darvish, Snell, Hader) without using marquee prospects, whereas seems every prospect of any value for Cubs was being included in deals for players like Quintana or Justin Wilson.

Cubs have significantly improved player development, seem to have somewhat improved player identification (Triantos and Chase Strumpf second round types notwithstanding) and hopefully will now focus solely on maximizing value in trades.  I hate we kept Contreras, but would much rather have the draft pick than a Jose Quintana like return.

padres get soto...finally that's settled.  they're getting josh bell, too, so that's 2 targets off the market.

hosmer is going to WAS, hopefully keeping that dead weight away from the cubs.

Ruh-roh: Hosmer rejects trade to Nats. Nats were on his No trade list. SD working to move him elsewhere (where he can't block a deal).

added: Hosmer, Soto and Bell are all Boras clients, so we know who benefits most on this one.

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In reply to by crunch

Crunch - I agree.  All the talk this year is 'how do we get rid of Jason Heyward' and now we're talking about getting another Jason Heyward?  I know it's a means to an end, but that didn't work out that well with Davies last year either.

From an article by Sharma and Mooney in the Athletic: "Cubs assistant pitching coach Daniel Moskos, who spent the 2021 season as a Double-A pitching coach for the Yankees, previously worked with Wesneski at that level and had a role in that organizational turnaround. Moskos’ insights and relationship surely had some impact on this decision."

Jim Bowden rumors... from Twitter: 

Contreras w/ Rays, Mets Guardians in hunt
Happ with Blue Jays, Dodgers mentioned
Mahle/Syndegaard with Phillies, Twins involved

and Mark Feinsand rumors: 

With Juan Soto seemingly headed to San Diego, the Dodgers are looking at Ian Happ and David Robertson of the Cubs, per sources. Plenty of competition for both players, however. Mets said to be interested in Robertson and Willson Contreras, as well

dodgers dealing for joey gallo.

i guess they have an empty space for "absolutely useless power hitter" in the roster without pujols around.

doesn't bode well for dodgers/happ rumors.

Cubs avoiding the Hosmer dump. He's going to Boston. 
 

Rosenthal: 

Padres almost certainly paying vast majority of remaining financial obligation to Hosmer - more than $7M this season, plus $39 million from ‘23 to ‘25 - in deal with Red Sox. Boston not on his no-trade list. First: @sdutSanders.

Wittenmeyer on Ben Brown: 

Brown, 22, was the Phillies' 33rd-round pick in 2017. He's 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 16 games (15 starts) in High-A this season (73 innings).

He underwent Tommy John in 2019, his first year of full-season ball, after just 13 2/3 innings.

Brown, who's 6-foot-6, wields a fastball in the 95-98 mph range with a 90-mph slider and 84-87 mph curveball, according to MLB Pipeline.

additional stuff by Matt Gelb, Philly:

Brown, 22, was just promoted to Double-A Reading after striking out 105 batters in 73 innings at High-A Jersey Shore. His career had been defined by injuries before 2022.

Some evaluators see him as a future reliever; he must be added to the 40-man roster this offseason.

cubs release their lineups for tonight with no delay.

contreras and happ in the lineup...subject to change, of course.

brandon drury to the padres.

if they're still in on contreras i dunno what they're trading with.  hopefully the cubs have enough simoniz and infield rakes.

1 hour to go!

1 out of 3 "top" targets gone, leaving contreras + happ

givens and smyly also looking new homes.

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In reply to by crunch

There are usually about a half-dozen trades that go down in the last 30 seconds before the deadline, but they don't get announced until maybe 20 or 30 minutes after the deadline. 

"Jon Heyman @JonHeyman
Mets don’t see a likelihood for a Contreras deal at this point"

mets fans are not happy about this possible news.  they have a weak C crew in-house.

might be looking at QO for contreras and the "happ issue" waiting until the off-season...past deadline, no good rumors going into the deadline

shame smyly is still around, kinda...  they may not want to push killian yet.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

Sonicwind: If the Cubs extend a QO to Willson Contreras post-2022 and he signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2023 draft, the Cubs get a comp pick between rounds 2 & 3 in the 2023 draft.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if Contreras accepts the QO (which will likely be somewhere around $20M in 2023). He might even be amenable to signing a relatively short / high AAV extension (maybe three years with an opt-out), as long as he gets a "no trade" with it.  

so the cubs have a punt year and the talent they picked up to flip brings an A-ball starter for robertson and a "low level prospect" for givens.  oh yeah, and c.martin for k.mckinstry.

i'm not couting the effross trade because i can't imagine shopping effross was part of the plan, just a covienent fit during conversations.

this did not go as planned, i imagine...

Not trading Happ is okay. If offers didn't come to Jed that made him trade Happ, no big deal. 

But, the Willy situation is weird. Did other teams not see him as an All Star? 

seriously, though...unless contreras says something "controversial" following this trade season drama...dude is gonna get a hell of a standing O when the team plays in wrigley again.

hepp probably get some love, too.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

same.  selfishly for contreras and if happ's price couldn't be met there's always the off-season.

i would welcome a 3-4 year contreras extension.  i would pause on anything longer.  i could live with a QO, too.

i just want the team to -legitamately- attempt to compete next year, period.

Per Sharma...

 - Nick Madrigal reinstated from the 10-day IL
 - Michael Rucker and Anderson Espinoza recalled from Iowa
 - Steven Brault placed on COVID-19 related IL
 - RHP Kervin Castro claimed off waivers from San Francisco, optioned to Iowa

As I have mentioned here before, just because the MLB Trade Deadline has passed doesn't mean players can't be moved.

Minor league players who were not outrighted to the minors after signing a 2022 MLB contract (that is anyonr except Deichmann, Frazier, Newcomb, and Swarmer) can be traded without restriction up until a week prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

Also, players on an MLB 40-man roster can be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers and potentially claimed off waivers by another MLB club for the $50,000 waiver fee. (For players on an MLB IL, the player must be both eligible to be reiunstated and healthy enough to play). The claiming club would also assume 100% of what remains of the player's salary, so there would at least be some financial savings involved for aq club that loses  a player this way.  

A player does - NOT - have to be outrighted if waivers are secured. It's just as procedure to offer a player to other MLB clubs after the Trade Deadline has passed, but it's a tactical decision when to place the player(s) on waives.  A player can be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers only once in a given waiver period if he isn't claimed, so if a player is placed on Outright Assignment Waivers during the month of August (which is a separate waiver period), a club can't put him on waivers again until the next waiver period starts on September 1st, and if he is claimed off waivers after August 31st, the player would not be eligible ro play in the post-season.  

EXAMPLE: Let's say Drew Smyly pitches really great in four starts in August, so the Cubs place him on Outright Assignment Waivers at 2 PM (Eastern) on August 27. Any MLB club can claim him for $50,000 while also assuming what remains of his salary. The waiver ride ends at 1 PM (Eastern) on August 29, and if he isn't claimed off Ouitright Assignment Waivers, the Cubs could then place him on Outright Release Waivers at 2 PM (Eastern) on 8/29, and his release waiver ride would end at 1 PM (Eastern) on 8/31, giving him 11 hours to sign a contract (probably a minor league contract) with a club of his choosing. If he does that, he would at least be eligible to particpate in the posi-season, as long as he signs a major league or minor league contract with another MLB club before midnight on 8/31 and is subsequently added to the new club's MLB 40-man roster.

So root, root. root for Smyly, Miley, and Simmons to have a great August, so that they can be claimed off waivers by another MLB club before September 1st. 

saul gonzalez (givens trade) looks like a professional wrestler...no, seriously, dude is huge.

jed hoyer interview...

contreras offers "didn't cross that threshold" of a player that could help the team in trade offers.

jed has talked to ross, but not contreras or happ because "they're preparing for a game"...and to be fair, he is that kind of GM so that's not out of character even for something this major.  he says he will talk to both later this evening.

jed won't "talk about contract negotiations in this forum" (a zoom call with reporters) when asked about whether contreras is a guy they want to build a team around.

jed has been in contact with contreras's agent "all month"...but there was an assumption he would be traded for obvious reasons that didn't involve outright saying he's going to be traded no matter what.  he doesn't believe there's a mismatch of communication with anyone involved (cubs/contreras+agent).

jed doesn't think not trading contreras/happ was a missed opportunity and doesn't think the market was as "motivated" for talent as they were last year.

soto held the market up a little bit, but didn't ultimately hold the market up noticably...feels that teams wanting to go to the deadline is an on-going trend of how things work now (and how it worked last season).

jed seems to be putting a premium on starting pitching for the cubs and talking about how "tight" the market is for it all over baseball.  it's the main reason for the effross trade.

jed is saying a lot about what they're "trying to build" but there's been no "2023" or "next season" attached to any of it...hmm...

As I always say the Cubs love to collect former TJS patients.  2 of the 5 (Brown (Robertson) and Espinal (Machado)) trade and the waiver claim Castro have.  3 out of the 6 new players to the Cubs have had TJS.

So AZ Phil I don't know how much you know about the new kids but with Brown, Wesneski, and Gonzales all elgible for the rule 5 draft does anybody make the 40 or is it too early to tell and which of the other Cubs aren't likely to make it now, especially for pitchers since you just added 3 new arms.  I can't believe that they wouldn't select at least Wesneski and Brown  (given Brown that's all they got for Robertson) (dissappointing)).  I feel like the Effross return in Wesneski  is the best of them and I have to believe Jed could have gotten more for the others, but they all called his bluff and he lost...maybe

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In reply to by cubbies.4ever

cubbues.4ever: Hayden Wesneski is probably the only one of the three new pitchers who is likely to be added to the 40 post-2022, and I would say barring significant injury or implosion he is VERY likely to get added. 

Also, I strongly suspect that the FA QO system remaining in place after the MLBPA and MLB owners were unable to agree on an international draft by July 25th changed the outlook for Hoyer at least with respect to trading Contreras this year. I actually believe the Cubs would be fine with Contreras accepting a QO for 2023 (probably about $20M), especially given how much he seems to really, really, REALL Y love playing for the Cubs, It was not the same case with Robertson and Givens, because there is no way they get a QO post-2022, so the Cubs had to take what they could get.

Remember, the one really good prospect the Cubs got back at this season's MLB Trade Deadline (Hayden Wesneski) was acquired for a pitcher (Scott Effross) who is years away from free-agency and was in line to be the Cubs new closer. The Cubs will probably have to do this type of thing going forward, that is, trade young, controllable guys from areas of depth and redundancy (like perhaps one or more of their better outfield prospects) for young, controllable pitchers, catchers,or infielders from other clubs. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

So the model of signing scrap heap veterans to one year deals and flip them at the deadline is on its way out as a means to meaningfully rebuild a farm system is what I get out of this. And that makes sense in the modern game. I hope the Cubs adjust accordingly. It's fine to reclaim a scrap heap player, just use them as a means to try to win as opposed to hoping to get real value at the trade deadline.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

DJL: The trade that sent Scott Effross to the Yankees for RHSP Hayden Wesneski or the Angels trading CF Brandon Marsh to the Phillies for C Logan O'Hoppe is the type of trade the Cubs will probably need to make going forward.

For example, maybe Nico Hoerner to the Dodgers for catcher Diego Cartaya, or a couple of Cubs top prospects (let's say Cristian Hernandez, Kevin Alcantara, and/or D. J. Herz) to the Padres for catcher Luis Campusano or to the Mets for 3B Brett Baty. There are scoutts from contending teams watching the ACL Cubs every game, and they are not scouting Miguel Fabrizio. That's why it is important to accumulate as much talent as possible, regardless of position or age or level of experience. 

In other words, you can't count on acquiring top prospects for impending free agents like the Cubs somehow managed to do in 2021. Rather, you will need to trade either a young cost-controlled MLB player (like Marsh or Hoerner) for a top prospect (like O'Hoppe or Cartaya), or two or three top five prospects (like Hernandez, Alcantara, and/or Herz) for another club's #1 or #2 prospect (like Campusano or Baty), especially if that prospect is at a position of need and you are dealing from depth and/or redundancy.

It's almost like "trading up" in the 1st round of the NBA or NFL draft, where you trade your #5 overall pick plus your #1 next year and maybe the year after that to get the #1 or #2 overall pick. 

Then you sign just a very few free-agents to complete the team.

So if the Cubs were to trade (let's say) Hoerner for Cartaya or (ley's say) Hernandez, Alcantara, and/or Herz for Campusano or Baty, they could then go heavy after a free-agent SS like Carlos Correra or Xander Bogaerts.

Something like that.   

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

We're going to have another good draft pick in 2023

I don't see this Cubs team playing .500 ball the rest of the yr like they did last yr after the TDL.

Jed will keep the pitchers down in the MiLB. There won't be any true prospects coming up in Sept until the MiLB season is over and then it won't be much at all for the arms. Like 5 innings total.

So we could end up with a top 3 pick. At worst a top 6 pick in 2023

Jed should try to add some name Vets this winter and trade a couple of OF prospects for an IF prospect like AZ Phil has suggested.

Signing Correa, keeping Willy, and adding a SP vet would signal to all agents and players the Cubs are serious.

Would we have to overpay for them. Except for Willy, yeah we would because we aren't good right now. So pony up the cash Jed/Ricketts!

And for those saying Nico is a better option at SS than Correa....really? Nico is solid but he isn't a stud. I'd argue that Morel is a more important hitter than Nico. But I like Nico and don't want to throw him away. Put him at 2B. He'd be great there.

We need a LH DH. Maybe Mervis at 1B if he continues his great yr at Iowa in Aug/Sept

Happ could play 1B and that opens up a spot in OF for BDavis or another LH bat.

But the lack of a trade market this yr should make Jed think about another tank and sell-off in 2023. Miley, Smyly, Kyle and Stro getting hurt messed up the trade options for us. The rotation next yr of Stro, Kyle, Sampson?, Steele, Keegan, Kilian, Wesneski, Assad?, JWick, Herz is fairly set and only has two sell-off candidates in Stro and Kyle. Stro has probably too much cash for mid season add-on. Kyle would need a huge turnaround to create a market for him.

So, Happ is really the only sell-off option. Gomes I guess could be. Wisdom and the other older cheaper Vets might get you something small but that's a pipedream.

So, Jed can see this and say let's build up the roster now. Selling off isn't there next yr.

And, of course, I could be completely wrong. Love being a fan. I don't have to be right or rationale ever!

But Wisdom, Schwindel, Ortega, Gomes, even Willy and maybe Happ, don't need more ABs in Aug/Sept than Morel and Velazquez need.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Phil, Ben Brown has to be added to 40man or go to Rule5 unprotected, correct? Even without a lot of innings in AA under his belt, you think Jed will leave him off the 40?

If so, doesn't that mean guys like KFranklin, Devers, Pinango, etc will be left off 40man as well? They're in the same boat effectively 

Just curious

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Who the Cubs will add to the 40 prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season and then post-season prior to the 11/18 reserve list filing deadline is still TBD, but Ben Brown is in the mix. 

The only slam-dunk locks to be added to the 40 by 11/18 I see right now are OF Brennon Davis, OF Kevin Alcantara, and RHSP Hayden Wesneski, but there are many others "on the bubble" (alphabetically they are 1B Bryce Ball, RHSP Ben Brown, RHSP Chris Clarke, RHRP Danis Correa, RHRP Yovanny Cruz, RHSP Luis Devers, RHRP Jeremiah Estrada, RHSP Kohl Franklin, OF Darius Hill, RHSP Ryan Jensen, LHRP Brendon Little, 1B-OF Nelson Maldonado, OF Yohendrick Pinango, OF Cole Roederer, RHSP Cam Sanders, INF Jake Slaughter, INF Chase Strumpf, RHSP Riley Thompson, RHRP Cayne Ueckert, and INF-OF Jared Young), plus LHRP Bryan Hudson, RHSP Javier Assad, RHRP Nicholas Padilla, and OF Yonathan Perlaza are among the players eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-2022 if not added to the 40 or unless the player signs a 2023 minor league successor contract, but if the player signs a successor contract, he is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which BTW is exactly how the Cubs ended up selecting RHRP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft). 

This is why the Cubs need as many open 40-man roster slots as possible by the reserve list filing deadline on November 18th. They can't wait to non-tender guys on 12/2. They have to open up slots by 11/18. 

So obviously there is a lot T-B-D between now and then!

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Clearly the Cubs will need to drop a lot of players from their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) prior to the 11/18 reserve list filing deadline to open up slots for the many prospects who are Rule 5 Draft eligible.

The easy ones listed alphabetically (and some of them may be gone before the end of the MLB regular season)...   

1. David Bote (will be outrighted if not claimed - will accept it and play at AAA Iowa in 2023) 
2. Steven Brault (will be outrighted if not claimed - will elect FA)   
3. Willson Contreras (free-agent - he will receive a QO and he just might accept it) 
4. Narciso Crook (will be outrighted if not claimed - will be declared minor league 6YFA after World Series or he could sign a 2023 successor contract) 
5. Michael Hermosillo (will be outrighted if not claimed - will elect FA) 
6. Jason Heyward (release)
7. Mark Leiter Jr (will be outrighted if not claimed - will elect FA) 
8. Wade Miley (free-agent)
9. Alec Mills (will be traded or outrighted if not claimed - will elect FA if outrighted) 
10. Rafael Ortega (will be traded or outrighted of not claimed - will elect FA if  outrighted)   
11. Frank Schwindel (will be traded or outrighted if not claimed - will be declared minor league 6YFA post-World Series)
12. Andrelton Simmons (free-agent) 
13. Drew Smyly (2023 club option declined - free-agent) 
14. Brad Wieck (will be traded or outrighted if not claimed - will elect FA if outrighted) 

That would get the 40-man roster down to 31 by 11/18 (or 32 if Contreras accepts the QO), but probably at least a half-dozen more slots on the 40 could be opened by either trading a player or outrighting a player to the minors (if the player isn't claimed off waivers), depending on how individual players perform the last couple of months of the season and how many slots on the 40 the Cubs feel they actually will need for Rule 5 Draft-eligibles. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I had 20 guys "leaving"

I'm hoping Willy stays, so Higgins or Gomes is gone in that case. That keeps your 14 spots above.

Also leaving: Alexander Vizcaino, Rucker, Marquez, Hendricks, Rivas and McKinstry

That gets the roster to 25 total

Add: BHudson, BLittle, CSanders, RJensen, JAssad, DCorrea, CClarke, BBrown, HWesneski, BBall, CStrumpf, DHill, YPinango, KAlcantara, BDavis

That gets back to 40 total

Morel and at least one other rookie/prospect starts in the lineup. BDavis or NellyV.

Honestly I hope we trade Madrigal and a couple of OF prospects for a some IF prospects. We sign Correa and a SP. Can we say pipedream!!

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In reply to by Childersb3

And that's not even adding YPerlaza who's on fire right now as a 23 yr old SW Cr OF in AA. He hits ~260 with 800+ OPS from both sides of the plate.

Hard to leave him off the 40man.

Of course, a lot of those guys I added don't have a chance to get drafted in Rule5. Just don't want to lose them.

Cubs MLB Roster

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart
40-Man Roster Info

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36 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (four slots are open)  

Last updated 12-2-2022
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 20
Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Mark Leiter Jr
Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes
P. J. Higgins 

INFIELDERS: 7
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Alfonso Rivas
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Kevin Alcantara 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

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Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents