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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


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Cubs @ Rockies: Series Thread (Games 145-147)

Despite dropping the first three games against the Diamondbacks this weekend, the Cubs pulled out a win in the final game and remain in the second NL Wild Card spot and three games back in the Central. They begin this week on the road in Colorado where they will play three games against a Rockies team aspiring to lose fewer than 100 games this season. Kris Bryant recently took batting practice but remains without a timetable for his return from a finger fracture. [Edit: He's been activated by the Rockies.] Pete Crow-Armstrong has been called up and could see duties in Denver's spacious outfield. See below for matchups.


Game 145, Monday, September 11, 7:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Jordan Wicks (3-0, 2.16 ERA)
COL: LHP Kyle Freeland (6-14, 5.09 ERA)


Game 146, Tuesday, September 12, 7:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (3-3, 2.83 ERA)
COL: RHP Chris Flexen (1-7, 7.36 ERA)


Game 147, Wednesday, September 13, 2:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-9, 5.27 ERA)
COL: LHP Ty Blach (2-1, 4.58 ERA)

Comments

k.bryant has come off the IL for tonight's game.  neat.  i mean, hope he goes 0-4 or his contributions mean nothing if he doesn't, but neat.

madrigal 3rd, wisdom 1st, bellinger CF, morel DH...

at this point it's safe to say the cubs only view morel as a DH and injury-replacement (not even rest replacement) 2nd.  i question whether he makes it past this off-season without being traded.

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In reply to by crunch

They have to re-sign Bellinger.
That's a must.

3B and DH are the issues. Does Candy get re-signed? Does Madrigal now own 3B? Do they go after Matt Chapman? Does Morel get a legit chance at it after winter ball and ST'24?

I think the Cubs have enough depth to cover DH in house with Morel, Perlaza, Mervis, Slaughter, ONKC, and probably Matt Shaw. So, they should be able to save some cash there.

But, how do you just give up on a 24 yr old with that kind of power and natural talent, when you need power!!!

Teach Morel 1B so he can have Wisdom's role of lF-3B-1B-DH.
Trading him has too much potential to come back to haunt us (like Schwarber).

But, I do believe they'll end up trading him sooner rather than later.

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In reply to by Childersb3

I’d love to see Morel stick around and learn those positions. He’s a lot of fun to watch play.

Id give us less than 50% odds to sign Bellinger. In fact I’d be very surprised if he’s back next year. I just feel like the FO isn’t going to want to pay him as much money as teams like NYY and SF (who have both expressed interest) will.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Then we're aren't going to be any good next year.
You take Bellinger away from this team and we aren't much.
When he got hot, we started moving up the standings.
And I don't know who's going to replace that production (especially from the left side).
Bellinger is basically the whole off season.
I'd like to add a SP and definitely a LHRP (Hader) but Bellinger is the off season.
Unless you get Ohtani, but Bellinger won't cost as much.

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In reply to by Childersb3

With Wicks, Assad, Wesneski, the Thompson twins, Killian, Horton, Brown, et al, would you say we really need to add an SP or we just need to stop yanking these young guys around and putting them in the bullpen or 'enhancing' their repertoire or pitches?

Also, are we now stuck with Stroman and Smyly, on top of Taillon, meaning unless we go to a six-man rotation, we only have one spot available for the aforementioned pitchers? 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

Smyly is surely opting into his last year for next season. So he'll be back.

Taillon is with us for a long while. Get used to that.

I can't imagine Stroman takes the 1 yr deal with Jed next year. Not if he thinks one club will give him 3+ years in a deal on the open market. I have to believe he's gone.

But I believe Jed will bring back Hendricks. I've been saying to let Kyle go the last two years. He's done better than I ever expected this year but I just don't think he beats top teams nowadays. Metrics might prove me wrong. But Jed/Ross love him. He might come cheaper as well.

So, Steele, Taillon, Hendricks are locks. Assad, Wicks, Wesneski, and/or Brown could take the last two spots or just one spot. 

Jed is flying to Japan to personally watch 25 yr old Yamamoto pitch. He's supposed to be the best SP on the market now with Ohtani having surgery. Urias would've been up there as well. Flaherty hasn't pitched well for BAL but I still like him.

All of this happening with Horton really one year away (at most).

If they don't sign Belli in the winter, then they'll have cash to go big with the SP and RP on the market. Yamamoto and Hader!

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

The problem with Christopher Morel is that he is a LF (or possibly a 2B) on a team that already has one, so he can either DH until Happ (or Hoerner) is gone after the 2026 season, or get traded (because he would have a lot of value to a team that needs as power-hitting left-fielder or possibly a second-baseman).  

One thing Morel clearly is NOT is a Ben Zobrist type super-utility guy, because it's very unlikely that he will be able to play any defensive position other than LF or possibly 2B in the big leagues. 

Morel does have a plus-plus arm and decent speed, so playing him in LF where he can set-up deep (near the warning track) but still be able to come in for balls and also make full use of his arm is probably the best way to go (although maybe not with the Cubs). 

If the Cubs can "exchange" C. Morel for an actual third-baseman or a catcher, that might be the best bet. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Not to rain on your parade, but I always inwardly chuckle when someone says 'teach him to play ___'.

 

I have RARELY seen success at teaching a player at or above the AA level how to play ____.

 

The only example I've ever seen is whoever worked with Soriano in LF when Theo got here. Maybe AZ Phil will remember who that was. He want from a minus LF (30-35 grade) to a solid 45, maybe 50.

 

It's like Billy Beane saying to Ron Washington, 'Tell him, Wash. Tell him how easy it is to pick up 1B.'

 

Ron Washington,  'It's incredibly hard.'

 

Ron was right.

PCA pinch running in the top 7th.  tauchman pinch hit for wisdom (bellinger should move over from CF to 1st) and got a single.

I wish Ross had given Fulmer at least a game or two of lower pressure work before throwing him in tonight.

no cubs lineup yet...probably trying to figure out how to get tauchman, masterboney, and madrigal in the lineup at the same time.

bottom of the 1st and PCA makes his first highlight reel catch.  damn yall.  dude routes and ranges.

If the Cubs could make better baserunning decisions while in Colorado I'd really appreciate that. Game 2 was rough.

they should give the cubs a loss for tomorrow's off-day just to let them know how disappointing they were this series.

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In reply to by crunch

It was tough to watch and tough to hear from Sut, but I was proud of him for telling like it is - "These are the three worst games I've seen the Cubs play since I've worked for Marquee." I'd much rather hear that than, "Every team slumps... Moral victories... We'll get 'em tomorrow..."

Just like Crunch said, I like that Sut's got interest in each player - he's always around them, says he will ask him "that" tomorrow. He said something like, "Oh good - that'll give me a chance to meet the guy tomorrow" in reference to a question he had for a player on the other team. I can't see JD doing that! (But I can see Girardi & Elise doing it.)

To blabber on further, I like that the Cubs are cycling through broadcasters - I enjoy each of them in one way or another (not so much with Beth Mowins). I hope they continue this and I hope that each broadcaster likes it enough to stick with Marquee if others come calling.

For scoreboard watchers…Bullets mostly dodged: Brewers, Phils, DBacks lose. Reds, Giants, Marlins (beat Brewers) got wins. 

Anecdote which may or may not be common knowledge: PCA's Mom is Ashley Crow, the Mom from the movie 'Little Big League'.......

Recent comments

  • CTSteve (view)

    In honor of Angel Hernandez's retirement, let's take a moment to relive this beauty

    I was at that game, and it definitely had a what-the-hell-is-happening feel to it. 

     

  • 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.