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40-Man Roster Info

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

Last updated 10-2-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


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Cubs vs. Mets: Series Thread (Games 89-92)

The Cubs finish of the pre-All-Star portion of the season with 4-games against the New York Mets. See below for the daily matchups.

Game 89, Thursday, July 14, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.04 ERA)

NYM: RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-4, 4.55 ERA)

Game 90, Friday, July 15, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.91 ERA)

NYM: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.63 ERA)

Game 91, Saturday, July 16, 1:20 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.43 ERA)

NYM: RHP Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.15 ERA)

Game 92, Sunday, July 17, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.33 ERA)

NYM: LHP David Peterson (5-2, 3.48 ERA)


Why is tonight different from all other nights?

it's not Passover but Crunch sounds like he's working on the Cubs version of the four questions.

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In reply to by Cubster

i'm from the south, but far north of florida.  i have limited exposure to even passing references to jewish culture aside from TV, so i learned new stuff tonight.

i went searching for enough info for a decent comeback, but ended up learning a bunch of stuff about passover and how traditions around it are passed on.

but hey, i understand the joke now at least.

also, the past 10 minutes reading about this has been better than the game.  i'm ready for 2023.

Cubs are now tied with the Reds at 34 wins. Only 5  losses above the Nats for the worst record in both leagues.

I splurged and got a killer seat Field Box between home and 1st. Hadn't seen Keegan Thompson live yet, and it was just so gorgeous out. Oh but then the game part... So many Met rockets. People were saying maybe Thompson was tipping. When Ross got tossed, the whole place was quiet enough for me to hear a Met fan go, "What's that guy yelling about?" I woulda laughed but...

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In reply to by Childersb3

it's getting real up in here.  2023 real, hopefully.

stroman - ??? - hendricks - steele - thompson

herz and wicks in AA/AAA ready to feed the pipeline.  killian in the mix already primed to be MLB or MLB/AAA type player.

alzolay technically exists, but he'll be 28 in march 2023 and he's never been able to throw more than 130 innings in a full season on combined levels in his 10 year pro career.  it would be nice to see him work a full season in the pen with his stuff, though.

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In reply to by crunch

D. J. Herz will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2023 so the Cubs could call him up anytime in 2023 if they think he's ready. Jordan Wicks will not be Rule 5 Draft-eligible until post-2024. HOWEVER... If Wicks were to be called up sometime in 2023 he would get a 4th minor league option in 2026 (just like Caleb Kilian getting called up in 2022 means he will be getting a 4th minor league option in 2025), so the Cubs might not think twice about calling up Wicks next season. We might actually see a starting rotation of Steele, K. Thompson, Herz, Wicks, and Kilian by this time next year (presuming the Cubs can trade Hendricks and Stroman in the meantime). 

FWIW, OF Kevin Alcantara is one of the Cubs top 5 prospects and he is Rule 5 Dtaft-eligible post-2022  so he will almost certainly be added to the 40 in November. But if he is added to the 40 in November he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option year in 2026, so there will be no need to rush him. Same goes for RHSP Luis Devers. 

I think that Alzolay's starting days are over, at least for the next couple of years.  I would like to see him coupled with Steele or Thompson, coming in for the last three or four innings of the game.  If and when Herz makes it, I would like to see him begin that way also.  Very similar to the way they handled Thompson in the beginning.

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In reply to by DavidP

if he can work back to back days he could be (if he's still go the same stuff) the cubs closer of the future.

what's in the arm is great stuff.  i dunno how stable that arm is, though.

at the very least he could be a medium-rest long man if he can't bounce back quickly after doing work.  some guys can't throw 10-25 pitches and come out to do it the next day for some reason.

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In reply to by Charlie

The multi-inning reliever (a pitcher capable of going once through the order) is now an important part of an MLB pitching staff, what with the 13-man pitcher limit. At least two are needed (they would have been Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson in 2022 if Hendricks, Stroman, Miley, Smyly, and Mills had been the five-man rotation).

Adbert Alzolay would seem to fit that profile in 2023 (likewise Brailyn Marquez if he ever gets back into game action), although it does not preclude him from eventually becoming a traditional rotation starter or high-leverage one-inning reliever. In fact, the multi-inning reliever role might be the best way to integrate a young pitcher into MLB in the 2020's.

game 1 is an oddly slow moving game for a low offense game.

lot of pitches being thrown without offense outcomes.

8th loss in a row...

contreras is sitting in the dugout by himself with his head in his hands...he seems to be so over all of this.  he doesn't seem pissed, but he seems worn the hell out.


this team really could use some time off.  we're doing ejections almost every game lately.  players seem moody.  no one's dealing with this losing season well, especially this current losing streak.

PCA went 1 for 2, double, in the futures game.  he was a bench substitution and played CF.

AL won, jassssssssson dominguez hit a homer.

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In reply to by crunch

One thing MLB clubs tend to do is trade a good but not Top 100 prospect they acquired in a trade more-readily than a guy they signed. That's because a club doesn't have the financial (bonus) investment in a player they acquire from another organization.

So don't be too surprised if the Cubs flip two or three of the young outfielders (or first basemen) they acquired in trades over the past year or two in another trade for pitching or for an infielder or a catcher from an  organization that doesn't have much in the way of OF / 1B prospects. 

Most likely Cubs player to be traded is RF Alexander Canario (acquired from SF in the Kris Bryant trade), but they could flip one or two others as well.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Speaking of our gluttony of OF prospects.....what do you think Morel's "main" position is or will be? Of course he can play all over, but what's his best/main spot? His arm strength seems under utilized at 2B. He hasn't played much SS the last two years. Is it 3B? Just checking. Thanks Phil

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In reply to by Childersb3

childersb3: Although he is a natural SS and has played a lot of 3B in the minors, I would say CF is probably Christopher Morel's best position. However, no matter where he plays, he is still raw defensivley. His real value ultimately will be as a "bat-first" multi-positional super utility player (along the lines of Ben Zobrist), and to be that type of player, he will need to polish his defense (especially at 3B and SS) so that he can be at least passable at all of the positions he will be expected to play.  

Although CF is probably his best defensive position, if Morel plays mainly one position with the Cubs, for better or for worse, it would probably have to be 3B, simply because there will not be room in the Cubs outfield for him long-term. There will eventually be just too many other players just as good or almost as good as Morel who (unlike Morel) cannot play anywhere other than in the outfield.  

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  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:18 pm (view)

    It used to be that teams did not want to trade within their own division for PR reasons, but I don't see that with Ben Cherington in Pittsburgh or with Hoyer / Hawkins in Chicago, so the Cubs might target Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes and closer David Bednar.

    Hayes is a Gold Glove defender, a decent enough hitter (105 OPS+ in 2023), and he's under control at a VERY reasonable price ($8.75M AAV) through 2029 (with a club option for 2030). 

    Bednar is first-time salary arbitration-eligible post-2023 and under control through 2026. 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do to get both Hayes and Bednar) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB position player to replace Hayes in the lineup (like Christopher Morel, who could play LF in Pittsburgh) and prospects like outfielders Alexander Canario, Owen Caissie, or Kevin Alcantara (Pirates pick one, leaving the other two for the Cubs), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (Pirates pick one, leaving the other one for the Cubs), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes at the hot corner in Pittsburgh by 2025 if not sometime in 2024, and he obviously would be blocked in Chicago if the Cubs get Hayes), and an MLB-ready SP like Hayden Wesneski. 

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:02 pm (view)

    boog and glanville calling the PHI@MIL game on ESPN2.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:59 pm (view)

    bellinger is my #1 want, but i fear he's the #1 want of many teams and will get crazy money + years, with the years being the big sting.  they need to replace bellinger's production if they don't get him no matter what position(s) played.

  • George Altman 10/03/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    I hope their top priorities are Bellinger, 2 RPs better than Fulmer/Boxberger (ideally 1 LH), and a 3B (Chapman my 1st Choice). That will put them right up to $237-257M AAV limit, but I don't see a playoff berth doing anything less.

    If they really want Alonso, Morel would be a good opening piece of that offer. 

    Unfortunately, Stroman will opt in ($23.7M) and Smyly ($11.5M) will be back. Steele, Taillon, Assad, Wicks will be rotation pieces. Would love a SP2 FA but don't see how they keep an effective offense and improve their bullpen while adding that.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    i cannot imagine getting a legit 3rd, whether signing or via trade, isn't the highest priority for the team.  it's almost obvious they don't see morel there.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:19 pm (view)

    I’m just hoping they have an actual 3B next year so we don’t need to worry about the M boys, Bote, and P Whiffy eating all the 3B at bats next year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    Willson was a OF/3B when we signed him too.

    On a less successful but still got to the show note, PJ Higgins was another college IF converted to C

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    truth...and personally, i'd give him ABs (especially at 3rd) over the 2 singles-hitting-ceiling guys that got the shot.  i'm sure he can cover the ob% and defense while surpassing the power of anything masterboney and madrigal brought to the team.

    i don't view bote as a solution at 3rd, but i find it hard to believe he couldn't outperform either of the main options they had there for a huge chunk of this season.

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 10/03/2023 - 10:47 pm (view)

    Color me impressed by this assignment for Trice right out of the draft as a convert. Seems worth following after the success of Caratini

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:33 pm (view)

    Bote always has great spring trainings.