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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
* bats or throws left
# bats both

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. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 96 & 97)

The Cubs welcome the Pirates to Wrigley for their final home games before the 2022 trade deadline. See below for daily matchups.

Game 96, Monday July 25, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.34 ERA)

PIT: RHP JT Brubaker (2-8, 4.02 ERA)

Game 97, Tuesday, July 26, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-4, 3.43 ERA)

PIT: RHP Bryse Wilson (1-5, 6.52 ERA)


8 days til the trade deadline (aug 2).

this is the last home series before then.  hopefully we'll have contreras around for both.  he's catching game 1.

d.robertson should fetch something nice.  maybe someone will give up something worthwhile for smyly, givens, and/or martin.

i.happ and p.wisdom might find a new home for the right price.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

kinda hope they hang onto him while he's got a year or 2 of cheap cost left (esp as a lefty).

i know he's a bit older and just a supporting player best used situationally or pinch hitting, but he can play passable CF/RF and he's got a touch of speed and power.  lot of teams spend 1-3m a year on guys like him. delay while pitchcom earpiece being removed after being stuck in contreras's ear.  (he's fine)

hey, new ways to speed up the game.  good job everyone.

that would be cubs 2022 as hell.  well, we were going to trade our all-star slugging catcher, but he put himself on the DL shoving  pitchcom too far into his skull.

brailyn marquez has shoulder surgery, out for the year.

he threw 0.2ip back in 2020 and nothing since.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

There is no need for a separate international draft. Players from Puerto Rico and Canada are eligible for selection in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft). The NBA and NHL don't have separate domestic drafts and international drafts. Just make all players from all countries eligible for selection in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

"Major League Baseball Players Association rejected MLB's last proposal for an international draft, cementing the current qualifying-offer system in place for the length of the collective-bargaining agreement."…

Story dateline was Sun, July 24, 2022 at 11:15 PM, so technically there was another day for things to change.  I've not seen any news stories come up in Google that state that the union has reversed that position, so I guess there will not be any draft for  International players that could affect the qualifying offer system for this year -- unless someone is sitting on that piece of news.

contreras getting hugs from teammates on the field who formed a line at the dugout...hell of a farewell.

also, the cubs have won 6 in a row and all 5 since the all-star break so it's time to extend contreras + happ and trade for juan soto.  let's do this.  cubs 2022.

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In reply to by crunch

At this point I've come to the final stage of grief, acceptance, over Willson leaving.  Defensively, Gomes will do just fine. Will miss 
Willson's bat and his energy. 

For all the talk of how the Cubs treat their players so well with great amenities, it seems none of them really want to sign an extension. Sort of like the tech company that brags about having a foosball table in the break room but keeps losing employees to companies that are willing to pay better. 

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

I've noticed that about extensions too.. it's hard to discern if it's the players wanting too much or the team being cheap. If I were to guess, I would say a little of both, but probably leans a little towards the team being cheap.

I guess we just have to hope that the next core group will be good enough and the team will actually extend a few of them. It would be nice to see them start with Nico.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

I don't want to oversell this point, but I think it had a non-zero impact... I could see a "collective action" issue with extensions for Rizzo, Baez, Bryant, & Schwarber. Nobody wants to be the first one to make a deal that then sets the bar for others to be higher. Combined with a somewhat legit argument that Heyward's contract should be the starting point... that's a tough situation.  Throw in some luck (good/bad depending on day or view) with Javy's running into the pandemic. Also add any lingering feelings about service time issues with KB.  Tough to match up on an extension... again, not overstating; but I think there is at least a bit of something there.

Also have to at least acknowledge that in the time-window that extensions would have mutually made sense, the unknowns about the CBA would be a disincentive to commit big $.  Not excusing or apologizing for any one decision, but it's another factor with a non-zero impact.

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

KB (and Almora lol)  is a Boras guys so that wasn't ever going to happen. Rizzo did sign the one early on, but it's just frustrating to see so many teams, including small market ones, signing their stars and stars-adjacent to good deals and next to nothing for the Cubs. There was Rizzo in what... 2014? Then Hendricks maybe 5 years later. And the only other one they manage to cross the finish line is Bote? That's just not how you sustain success in the modern game.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

FWIW... Rizzo did sign an early extension. Hendrick signed an extension. I know the Bote extension isn't huge, but I do think it's an important example of the org & the player being able to find common ground in balancing risk/reward for that particular context. Maybe it doesn't work out for the team when it is all said & done, but the FO was willing to take a gamble on investing in one of their own.

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

as someone who entirely left the industry in the mid 00s for an entirely different field of work i hate everything about this imagery...

great pay...really great pay...fully stocked snack/meal room!  ...also working 50+ hours a week on salary.  will if be 45 hours this week?  will it be 60 hours this week?  oh, needed on a saturday/sunday for tweaking a final rollout early the next week?  plans?  oh, don't makes those.

uggg... uggggggggggggggggggggg... unnnnnnnnnghhhhhhhhhhhh...

14 years in the system, 7 years in the pros...almost half his life as a cub.

gonna miss the love and emotion as much as the production behind the plate and at the plate.

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' first-round pick (second overall) in the 2022 MLB Draft, outfielder Druw Jones, injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder while taking batting practice Monday at the club's Salt River Fields facility.


Recent comments

  • 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.