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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs @ Nationals: Series Thread (Games 28-31)

The Cubs suffered a three-game sweep in Miami to end the month of April, lowering their 2023 record to 14-13. Cody Bellinger continued his recent showing of power by hitting his 7th homerun of the season. Patrick Wisdom homered in the series as well to push his 2023 total to 10. Nico Hoerner has stretched his on-base streak 25 games, having reached base safely in every game except for his 0-4 with no walks on April Fools Day. The Cubs have had a strong showing in offense, starting pitching, and defense. The Pirates, meanwhile, are the surprising frontrunners in the NL Central with a 20-9 record to start the season. The favored Cardinals start May pulling up the rear with a 10-19 record. The 10-17 Nationals will greet the Cubs for their first appearance in D.C. this year. They are down one Juan Soto compared to last season and have presented their fans little cause for excitement this year. The Cubs will have to get past their best young pitcher, however. See below for the matchups such as they stand.


Game 28, Monday, May 1, 6:05 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.21 ERA)

WSH: TBD Mackenzie Gore (3-1, 3.00 ERA)

Remember when Drew Smyly almost pitched a perfect game? That was awesome. You probably don't remember his poor first start, which has been his only poor start of 2023.  While he's likely benefited from good BABIP fortune, his command of the strike zone has been promising thus far.

The Padres selected Gore third overall in the 2017 draft. Command has been an issue for him at times, but his mid to high 90s fastball and solid curve and slider have allowed him to work around some wildness thus far. His last start was his best of the season as he struck out ten while walking only two in six innings pitched.


Game 29, Tuesday, May 2, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-1, 5.24 ERA)

WSH: RHP Trevor Williams (1-1, 4.10 ERA)

Wesneski pitched to his potential only once in April, striking out seven Athletics in seven innings to record a win. He battled through for a second win against the Padres, holding them to a solo homerun while striking out only three batters in five innings. His slider remains a nasty pitch, but lack of fastball command has prevent him from setting it up consistently. Unsurprisingly, lefties have been an issue for him. They've slashed .308/.386/.590 against him this year.

Williams was with the Cubs to start the 2021 season and spent all of 2022 with the New York Mets. He hasn't regained the success he had with the Pirates from 2017 to 2018, but he continues to be a reasonable fifth starter type who can reliably find the zone.


Game 30, Wednesday, May 3, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 2.29 ERA)

WSH: TBD

Stroman had a great April, making five starts of six innings or more with no more than two earned runs allowed. On April 23 he allowed five earned runs and three homers while going five innings against the Dodgers. He bounced back against the Marlins and showed willingness to be aggressive with his fastball.


Game 31, Thursday, May 4, 12:05 pm central

CHC: TBD

WSH: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-4, 5.74 ERA)

Caleb Killian took the call for the Cubs last time through the rotation. He suffered a five-run first inning in which he looked absolutely terrible. He bounced back a bit in the next few innings but never appeared to know where his pitches would end up. Javier Assad threw 72 pitches for the Iowa Cubs on April 30. Adrian Sampson hasn't appeared since April 8 and is listed as day-to-day.

Patrick Corbin looked dominant at times in the years before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Since 2021, his strikeout rate has dipped well below a batter per inning and his ERA has climbed into the 5s and even 6s. Opponents have continued to hit him hard thus far in 2023.

Comments

swanson 2nd HR...power is beginning to wake up (hopefully).  i mean, i'm only expecting 20-ish out of the dude, but he was on a hell of a power-outage to start the season.

mark "no one wants me" leiter jr out here striking out the side with his fancy 1.54 ERA...

k.thompson out here tearing up his era/whip...vs WAS of all teams.  he hasn't looked good his last 3 times out.  even when effective, it wasn't dazzling.

at this point i wouldn't mind sending him down and stretching him out when hendricks comes back.  i know a lot of people are fans of him being a long man, but i'm not one of them.

Either Ross is told who to play, and to prioritize veterans over everyone else, irrespective of their abilities and production; or, he's the worst manager in baseball (in my unprofessional opinion)............

aww...no amaya tonight, either.  also, the team leader in HR and RBI (wisdom) is hitting 8th.  i guess when hosmer + mancini are the possible runners in front of you then it might take a HR to get things done.

first pitch of jake irvin's MLB career is a fastball in the upper part of hoerner's back.  welcome to the bigs.

If Suzuki ends up batting .250ish with 15 home runs this year, at what point is that considered replacement level, and will we start platooning him, or plan to replace him?

True, I was more thinking of like if that's his ceiling by the end of this year, heading into 2024 would he need to show something more to continue his undisputed hold on his position, or would we decide we need more from right field at that point, as we have all the outfield prospects coming up/potentially better options?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

That makes sense to me, Finwe. Suzuki getting pushed out of a regular role by 2024 still seems unlikely to me. He's already shown he can be a better than league average MLB hitter and he's not enough of a defensive liability to have to be much better than that to be a regular. Alexander Canario and Brennen Davis are the OF prospects closest to being ready and in competition for a corner OF spot, and both have a fair amount to prove. Hosmer and Mancini are the players who should be checking for Nelson Velasquez in their rearview this year. I would think Suzuki's role is safe until at least 2025.

Suzuki is under contract through 2026 and has already missed significant time due to injury. One plausible scenario as early as 2024 would be the Cubs cycling a 4th outfielder through the OF spots and DH role while also giving the regular outfielders DH time. In that situation, I would anticipate Suzuki getting 90-120 starts in the outfield and another 20 or so starts at DH while likely getting days off and IL time as well. Davis and Velasquez seem like the most likely guys to fill this 4th outfielder plus role.

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In reply to by Charlie

only thing bothering me about suzuki is how he put on 15-20lbs of muscle over the winter and his power has regressed.  small sample size and blah blah blah, but he's not getting a lot of elevation on his stuff.  bulk not translating into power kinda handicapped gabe kapler's career.

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In reply to by Charlie

You hit the nail on the head there Charlie, Canario/Davis/Velazquez/Perlaza/Morel could be that 4th outfielder, if they prayerfully sustain a break out and a you can see a switch flip consistently which forces the front offices hand; and by 2025, with PCA God-willing in CF, and Alcantara knocking at the door of being in the outfield mix, Suzuki (who I like, don't get me wrong) may have to do a little more than I've seen so far. Competition is good, iron sharpens iron; but the front office can't get too caught up in contracts, the best players should play; the Morel/Mervis/Velazquez discussion along those lines is a topic for another thread.......

it is crazy how STL keeps finding ways to lose games.  i know it's still early, but wow.  they just blew another one in the top 9th...up by 1 to down by 2.

amaya debut...hitting 9th.  taillon starting.  j.estrada optioned.

taillon and assad will probably piggyback, dunno if taillon will even go 5ip.

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In reply to by crunch

crunch, you have a long and well deserved history as a (correctly) advocate for high OBP for leadoff men. You also are correct that Hoerner will not be a good leadoff man as long as he doesn't walk.  At the present moment, though, I agree with Ross batting him first, with his contact and speed. I know this feeds into the old, discarded "speed leads" narrative, but given the current roster, I'm okay for a while with Nico as leadoff. 

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In reply to by fullykräusened

the lack of hands-down obvious options keeps me from being pissed about hoerner leading off.  the only 2 other guys the team has that fit the profile are swanson and happ...neither ideal or obvious lead-off guys.

i just don't know how long the contact will carry hoerner in the leadoff slot or how long his leash will be....it's not been a great couple weeks for him.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Eventually PCA will be the Cubs lead-off hitter, although he might initially hit 9th until he gets comfortable. 

Here is how PCA compares to Corbin Carroll's minor league numbers.  

Corbin Carroll (minor leagues): 
142 GAMES - 657 PA 
310/426/588 
32 2B, 17 3B, 28 HR, 52 SB (7 CS), 102/155 BB/K 

PCA (minor leagues): 
124 GAMES - 581 PA 
315/346/548
26 2B, 12 3B, 19 HR, 43 SB (16 CS), 45/122 BB/K  
 
Obviously there are two very big differences, those being walks (and therefore OBP) and SB %. Otherwise PCA has been a slightly better hitter with a lower K-rate (so he is more of a contact hitter than Carroll), but that's offset by Carroll having a higher SLG. 

So offensively PCA is somewhat like another Nico Hoerner (in that his AVG heavily influences his OBP), but with more SLG (especially HR power). And he is a likely future Gold Glove CF. 

Jeff Passan  via a tweet is reporting that Mervis is getting called up and will be available vs Marlins tomorrow. No speculation on concurrent roster move. I’d wait on additional confirmation.

”The Chicago Cubs are calling up top first base prospect Matt Mervis, sources tell ESPN. He's expected to join the team tomorrow as it returns home to start a series against Miami. Mervis, 25, was hitting .286/.402/.560 with six HR in 24 games at Triple-A Iowa. Big power prospect.”

As to why the Cubs are recalling Adrian Sampson (April knee surgery) and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL, there are three reasonable explanations: 

1. The knee injury occurred sometime prior to his being optioned to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring Training, so therefore his optional assignment must be voided and he must be recalled and placed on an MLB IL. 

2. The Cubs want to get a head-start toward eventually transferring Sampson to the MLB 60-day IL sometime in the near future (like perhaps when Codi Heuer is reinstated from the 60-day IL at the end of May?), and recalling Sampson now and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL will give the Cubs a running start toward the minimum 60 days Sampson would have to spend on the 60-day IL when and if his 40-man roster slot is needed and he is transferred from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL.  

Sampson does - NOT - have a split contract (he makes $1.9M whether he is on optional assignment to the minors or on an MLB IL), so recalling Sampson and placing him on an MLB IL has no affect whatsoever on the Cubs payroll or CBT AAV. 

3. Adrian Sampson was (just barely) eligible for salary arbitration as a"Super Two" post-2022 (he had accrued 2+130 MLB Service Time through the 2023 season), but he can't be a "Super Two" twice. So in order for Sampson to be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023, he will have to accrue at least 42 days of MLB Service Time in 2023, and with the knee surgery it was conceivable that he might miss considerable time and remain on the AAA Iowa IL for several months such that he could miss getting the 42 days of MLB Service Time he will need in 2023 in order for him to qualify for salary arbitration. So by calling him up and then placing Sampson on the MLB 15-day IL, the Cubs are virtually guaranteeing that he will be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023.

BTW, several sites (including Cot's, Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Cube) have Sampson's MLB Service Time through 2022 listed incorrectly as 2+117. That is wrong. It is absolutely, positively 2+130. That's why he was eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2022. (The post-2022 "Super Two" cut-off was 2+128, so Sampson just barely made it!). 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    proposed lineup going forward for the immediate future:

    1- tauchman

    2- bellinger

    3- no one

    4- no one

    5- no one

    6- no one

    7- no one

    8- no one

    9- everyone else

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As things stand now, most likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 (if not sooner):  

    POSITION PLAYERS 
    1. Owen Caissie, OF (Rule 5 Draft eligible - lock) 
    2. B. J. Murray, 3B (Rule 5 Draft eligible - very likely) 
    3. Pablo Aliendo, C (likely because he is a minor league 6YFA post-2024)

    PITCHERS: 
    Some combination of RHRP Zac Leigh (just got promoted to AAA), LHRP Riley Martin (at AAA), RHRP Frankie Scalzo Jr (closer at AA), and RHSP Matt Thompson (in AA starting rotation - acquired from White Sox for Bailey Horn) -- all four are Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024, and then just because they are free-agents post-2024 RHRP Ethan Roberts (back from TJS and now pitching out of the AAA Iowa pen - can be a post-2024 second contract minor league FA) and RHRP Cam Sanders (struggled at AAA but now throwing "lights out" at AA - post-2024 6YFA). 

    Also, RHSP Kohl Franklin is a minor league 6YFA post-2024 and he will miss the balance of the 2024 season after undergoing right forearm / elbow surgery, so he will likely be offered a substantial $$$ 2025 minor league successor contract to stay with the Cubs and continue his rehab in Mesa. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Again, as I mentioned here a few days ago, the Rockies will be trading catcher Elias Diaz (a 2023 N. L. All-Star who is a FA post-2024), and the Cubs do have a lot of depth in their system, so... 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Although it didn't save the Titanic, sometimes rearranging the deck chairs can give a club a bit of a spark, not to mention a wake-up call to anyone who might be in a rut (especially if it is partly mental, which it usually is). 

    Keep in mind that Busch, Morel, Wisdom, and Madrigal can be optioned (Morel gets a 4th option this year but it won't be there next year), and although none of them "have anything more to prove" at AAA, they all might benefit from a kick-in-the-rear jump-start. 

    Meanwhile, some combination of PCA (can be recalled on 5/30), Brennen Davis, Alexander Canario, and/or Matt Mervis could get called-up, and red-hot switch-hitting 3B B. J. Murray (a Cubs Top 15 prospect who is hitting 341/481/707 - 1.188 OPS with four HR, three doubles, and 11/8 BB/K, and two E-5 over his last twelve games after an ice-cold start) could get selected to the 40 (he is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024 and was already very likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 anyway). 

    I didn't mention Owen Caissie (he is also Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024) because he hasn't been playing for the last few days, but he is a lock to get added to the 40 post-2024, and so he could get called up at anytime. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    When Joey Wendle signed with the Mets last November he received an automatic Article XX-B "no trade" through June 15th, which is a reason why the Mets had to release him (and be on the hook for his $2M salary minus the pro-rated MLB minimum salary after he signed with another club) if they wanted him off the roster. Then once he was released and signed with the Braves, the automatic "no trade" went away, and so now the Braves can trade him rather than just release him (something the Mets could not do). 

    The reason I had mentioned Wendle as somebody the Cubs should pursue after he was DFA'd by the Mets is because the Cubs seem bent on having an actual back-up shortstop other than Hoerner (first Mastrobuoni, and now Vazquez) as well as a veteran infielder who can be a late-inning defensive replacement for Morel at 3B (Madrigal), which takes up two of the five bench spots. 

    However, Wendle actually checks both boxes (he is a legit SS who can also be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), not to mention a LH-hitter (so he can give Hoerner, Swanson, or Morel a blow against a tough RHSP), and he has enough speed to where he can be a PR / ghost runner for one of the catchers in an extra-inning situation. And since he would take the job currently invested in two different players (and cost only the pro-rated MLB minimum salary), carrying both Vazquez and Madrigal would no longer be necessary and so it would open up a roster slot for PCA. 

    So since the Braves just lost Acuna for the year and will apparently be playing Kelenic in LF and Duvall in RF for awhile (they have been platooning with each other in LF), the Cubs could offer the Braves Darius Hill, an MLB-ready AAA high-contact LH-hitting outfielder not on the MLB 40-man roster who will almost certainly never play for the Cubs and who can play all three OF spots. The Cubs have already traded one such AAA player (INF Jake Slaughter) to Seattle to preemptively acquire Tyson Miller after he was DFA'd, without having to wait & hope that they could claim him off waivers, and they can very easily do the same thing with respect to offering Darius Hill for Joey Wendle. 

    Of course that doesn't mean the Braves won't eventually try and acquire an established MLB corner OF sometime prior to the MLB Trade Deadline (Tommy Pham comes immediately to mind), but Darius Hill actually could provide the Braves with some value as an MLB-ready high-contact LH-hitting OF in the meantime.   

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Defensive whiz Nick Madrigal?

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Don’t forget they also can’t throw out baserunners. Their pitch framing and game calling is just SO worth it, we’d probably have a White Sox level of wins without those attributes they bring to the table. (Sarcasm obviously)

  • crunch (view)

    i would blame over-managing, but i don't even care about blame right now.

    cubs are about to be a .500 team and they've been playing like it for so many weeks i'm kinda numb to it.

    can't blame the injuries anymore.  it's just suck.

    there's major upside all over, but there's major collective suck currently.

  • Eric S (view)

    I’d say Adames got all of that one. Wow. 

  • crunch (view)

    nick madrigal kicks puppies, doesn't eat his vegetables, and hates america.