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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 Walk-Off with 7-6 Decision at Fitch

After Neftali Rosario was walked intentionally to load the bases and set-up a potential game-ending double play, Taylor Davis drilled a one-out two-run game-winning walk-off single on a 2-2 pitch past a a diving 3rd baseman into LF to score Marco Hernandez from 3rd base with the tying run and Gioskar Amaya from 2nd base with the winning run, as the AZL Cubs rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the AZL Rangers 7-6 in Arizona League action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.  

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The Cubs led 5-1 through three innings, plating two runs in the bottom of the 2nd on a Marco Hernandez two-run triple into the RF corner following back-to-back two-out singles by Trey Martin and Kyung-Min Na, and then three more in the bottom of the 3rd on a Taylor Davis RBI GO, a Ryan Cuneo RBI double, and a Kyung-Min Na RBI single.   

Two rehabbin' Iowa Cubs were in the AZL Cubs lineup today, as Marquez Smith (on the I-Cubs 7-day DL since 6/26 with a hand injury) played 2B and hit 3rd, and Welington Castillo (on the Iowa DL since 7/28 with a hamstring injury) was the catcher and hit clean-up. Both of the I-Cubs played seven innings, with mixed resuits.

W. Castillo doubled twice (one a near-HR slammed off the right-centerfield fence, and the other a near-HR crushed off the top of the LF fence), and looked fully mobile behind the plate. (And none of the Ranger baserunners dared to run against him, either). This will be Castillo's only rehab game action, as he will be rejoining the Iowa Cubs in Tacoma on Friday. 

Marquez Smith looked fine right up until the very end (hitting the ball hard twice), before tweaking a groin or a quad while running out a pop-fly in the bottom of the 7th in what was supposed to be his final AB. Since he is at Fitch Park rehabbing a hand injury, and since a quad or groin strain is a completely different problem, Smith could very possibly be spending considerable more time on the DL while dealing with this new medical issue.    

LHP Hunter Ackerman (Cubs 2010 4th round draft pick out of Louisburg JC) got the start for the AZL Cubs today, and threw four innings (61 pitches - 38 strikes), allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits, while walking two, and striking out two. The lefty got a ton of ground balls (10/0 GO/FO including two 6-4-3 DP) with his high-80's two-seamer, and a few swings & misses with his plus-curve, although he also bounced several in front of the plate.   

Down 5-1, the Rangers rallied for five runs in the top of the 7th off Cubs RHP Felix Pena, who had breezed through his first two innings of relief (six-up & six-down on only 17 pitches). But Pena could only get one out in the 7th, allowing a two-run HR to Rangers DH Clark Murphy, and then three more runs on three hits and a HBP after that (with LHRP Andrew McKirahan allowing two inherited runners to score on a WP and an RBI single). 

Up 6-5, the Rangers were in a good position to add some insurance in the top of the 9th, as Cubs reliever Santo Rodriguez surrendered a bunt single and a double with no outs. But (with the Cubs playing a drawn-in infield to cut down a potential score), Rodriguez induced a weak grounder to 1st (3-U) for the first out (with both runners holding their respective base), and then struck out the last two hitters of the inning (one looking and one swinging) to end the threat.

The Cubs could not have asked for a better set-up coming into the bottom of the 9th, trailing by only one run with hot-hitting Marco Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya due up 1-2. And the two young infielders did not disappoint, either, as Hernandez came back from 0-2 to work a ten-pitch walk, before Amaya (with the Ranger infield expecting a bunt) drilled a single through the 5.5 hole into LF to advance Hernandez to 2nd. Gregori Gonzalez then beat the wheel-play and laid down a picture-perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. 

Neftali Rosario was walked intentionally to load the bases and set-up a potential game-ending DP, but Taylor Davis (possibly the slowest runner in professional baseball) upset the Ranger plan, working the count to 2-2 before hammering the game-winning hit to the left of the third-baseman and into LF. Hernandez scored the tying run easily from 3rd, and with AZL Cub manager Juan Cabreja enthusiastically waiving him around third, Amaya scored the winning run from 2nd, sliding home just ahead of the left-fielder's throw in a cloud of dust as Hernandez directed Amaya (with hand signals) to slide to the outside of the plate and touch the plate with his left hand.  

With a single and a two-run triple today, Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and improved his "slash line" to 358/397/509. And with two walks and a single, Amaya improved his "slash line" to 366/408/483. Hernandez is now 10th in the AZL in BA, second in RBI, tied for 3rd in doubles, and tied for 6th in triples, and Amaya is 4th in the AZL in BA and is tied for 3rd in triples.  

By rallying to edge the AZL West-leading Rangers, the AZL Cubs remain five games behind the AZL Giants in the AZL East, but two games ahead of the AZL Reds for the AZL Wild Card lead, with 15 games left to play. The three division winners and a Wild Card team (the second-place AZL team with best record) will qualify for the AZL playoffs.

And if you think winning doesn't matter in the minor leagues, you didn't see the AZL Cubs mob Taylor Davis after his game-winning hit.


regards to Dunston Jr... Good luck with your decision, @s_dunstonjr. Looks like win-win, either get paid nicely to play for #Cubs or get to attend #Vanderbilt. followed by... @jimcallisBA yes it is and we will see what happens over the next few days #Vandy #Cubs that was prefaced by callis changing his opinion on Dunston Jr. signing from a yes to a maybe

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In reply to by Rob G.

it's still there....twitter is just dumb. if you linger on there for a few minutes all of a sudden they appear as "new" tweets even though they posted hours ago. i still don't get how they feed their info...checking some sportswriters twitter sites you can get disappearing/reappearing tweets just by refreshing. ==== jacquez_ricky Ricky Jacquez @NicoMoran not yet still weighing options but schools sounding pretty legit right now 3 hours ago jacquez_ricky Ricky Jacquez @BleacherNation i would love more than anything to start my career and become a cub but its a tough decision. 6 hours ago jacquez_ricky Ricky Jacquez Texas bound! 6 hours ago

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In reply to by QuietMan

I enjoyed that, I guess because he told me what I wanted to hear about Jackson and Flaherty. A scouting report on Marlon Byrd, the current occupant of center field with the Cubs, would talk about how, over his career, he has shortened his swing by 40-50 percent in order to catch up with fastballs, and added 40-50 percent to his bicep measurement so that with his truncated swing, he can hit a ball to the warning track and occasionally get one over the fence. Did Gary Hughes scout him, too?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

ends up #8 for those w/o a subscription wtf author seems reasonable in his assessment though... Brett Jackson (Cubs) Solicited Response: Appeared on every list TCF: Jackson lacks the ceiling of every other player on this list, yet his name appeared on all solicited responses. He’s Mr. Solid-Average; he is a good but not great defensive center fielder, but he will be able to play the position in the majors because he has enough speed and quickness for range, his routes are improving, and his arm is at least average. At the plate, Jackson is a good but not great hitter, with some pop but some miss in the swing, though his approach isn’t wild and he’ll be able to reach base. Again, Jackson lacks the tools to be a star, but he’ll be Mr. Solid-Average at the major-league level, and that’s an extremely valuable commodity to have under team control for six seasons.

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In reply to by Jace

employing a pitcher-friendly backup catcher isn't unique to the Cubs and once they decided to keep Hill in spring training, not gonna reverse course mid-season. Especially when you have a manager afraid to upset his veterans that seem to like him. When Soto is hurt and Hill is getting the bulk of the playing time, that's pretty upsetting, but these instances don't bother me much. Anyway, clearly by playing Reed Johnson, Q-Ball is trying to win as many games as he can to keep his job or look good for another job down the road rather than do anything for the good of the franchise.

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In reply to by Rob G.

"Pitcher Friendly" is code for "can't hit", isn't it? I wonder what the TCR community would think of a all hit, no defense backup. Making outs, and double plays, and allowing stolen bases are so readily tangible I guess it's hard balance that properly against his calling and receiving skills. He does have a lower CERA than Soto and a better win/loss record than the team when he starts (I wouldn't be surprised if the CERA is totally explained by the fact that he plays against his counterpart, shitty backup catchers usually).

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In reply to by Jace

why burn up arb. eligable time on guys who probably won't be 2012 opening day ready even on the best of projections. it'd be nice if wellington and carpenter were healthy...wellington should be very soon. we should be seeing what jay jackson can do, but he's in year 2 of taking a step backwards...this one more serious than the last. j.gaub is healthy + close to ready...should see him soon enough, but he's just a middle relief prospect. i know some people like m.smith, but aram is playing 3rd and benching him for no reason isn't going to happen on anyone's team...besides, he's not much of a prospect though he's not trash. i like b.jackson, but i don't think he needs to be rushed to the bigs to solve a problem that doesn't exist in CF.

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In reply to by Rob G.

As a rule, I love prospects and hate seeing old retreads taking up roster space. Colvin vs. Johnson could make me reconsider my rule, however. What objection do people have to Colvin--or anyone else--earning his starts? (Reed Johnson certainly has to earn his.) In this latest go-round, Colvin has 4 hits in 20 at bats, or 1 every 5, which makes it problematic whether he'll get enough at-bats to get a hit today if you play him. It's true that 2 of his hits are homers, which gives him a homer every ten at-bats. If a manager really thought Colvin was going to get a home run every 10 or 15 at bats, he would play him. Maybe that's how Colvin will eventually earn his starts, by hitting enough bombs to allow everyone to ignore all the poor at-bats. It works for Soriano. But I don't think Colvin is there yet.

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In reply to by crunch

I agree and was just as puzzled when he got the deal. Crawford's appeal is his speed. It influences his ability as a hitter and on defense. Speed players rarely keep top flight speed into their 30's. If Crawford can compensate for his inevitable decline in speed by turning on the ball more and hitting a few more hr's, it's not so awful, but now we're arguing that he needs to adapt as he gets older for it to not be a bad contract. Also, and I said this when he signed, a speed type player going to a climate that is cold and rainy for the first month plus and final month of the season doesn't bode well for pulled hamstrings. Just for that case, it would have made more sense for Crawford to sign with the Angels or another warm weather team. I think the Red Sox completely overpaid for him, and I don't know what other team they were trying to outbid, if any, it seems more like they had decided XYZ was the contract they were going to offer, regardless of competition. If Reyes, who is similar to Crawford but has a history of leg injuries, gets a deal like that, it will be another mistake.

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In reply to by Paul Noce

once again, don't think anyone was really arguing that he got overpaid. Just hard time seeing how you could think Werth's deal isn't worse. Werth was a prime candidate for not giving a shit the second he got his deal. fwiw, Angels allegedly offered 6/108 with a 7th year option, so the Red Sox only went a little crazy, but it's not like other teams really know what's being offered. Just for that case, it would have made more sense for Crawford to sign with the Angels or another warm weather team. actually it would make more sense for Crawford to sign for the most money cause he gets paid regardless if he's injured and I'm sure you never plan on yourself getting injured.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

A couple issues with this. Would you rather have a guy who hits 40 home runs with no stolen bases, or 0 HR's with 40 stolen bases? So, speed wasn't his best tool. The other issue, is that we're talking about Soriano being under contract, for essentially three older years. The two years older that he started, and the additional year on the deal. The Cubs are going to owe Soriano $54 million for his 36 to 38 years. The Red Sox are going to owe Crawford $0. How much more would you have liked the Soriano deal if he were a FA this off-season?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Talking 20 months difference. Talking an extra contract year for Soriano, and more annually per year for Crawford. Pretty damn close comps in a sane persons eyes. Speed was Soriano's best tool because he could use it in more than one area. Power was also a very nice plus tool in his arsenal. Crawford's best tool is also his speed. His bat tool is much weaker than Soriano's was in his prime. At peak Soriano was a better player. Unfortunately for us he got hurt 11 games into his Cubs tenure. He's never been the same player since. If the same injury happens to Crawford. He will be even more of an albatross than Soriano currently is. That in and of itself makes his contract a bad one.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Obviously I'd like to see that deal go away. I thought the deal was excessive at the time. Seemed like we were bidding against ourselves the whole time (A common Hendry theme). However I do understand the thinking of doing it at the time. 2006 was a complete disaster. New ownership wanted to make a splash. McFail had already been canned. Hendry,McDonough and Co. were in "Hide Saving Mode". Just point out it wouldn't have been quite so bad if Soriano didn't blow out his legs 11 games into his contract. Could be worse though. We could have 6.5 years and 130 more dollars of Carl Crawford and his .687 OPS out in LF.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

Crawford's defense in LF in Wrigley would be nice, at least. I still don't understand why Crawford can't play CF, either. The Crawford, Soriano, and Werth contracts were all excessively terrible. Personally, I think the Werth contract is the most terrible if only because of its potential to financially handcuff the club that signed it. Crawford alone can't destroy the Boston roster, and Hendry needed to make a number of other bad (if not quite as atrocious) signings to do the damage the North side is currently enduring.

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In reply to by Charlie

he probably can and would if needed, just comfortable there and Ellsbury is no slouch. Nationals have plenty of cash, they've been trying to spend it over the last 3 years, no one wants it. They'll be big players in the Fielder/Pujols sweepstakes. Werth one is atrocious to me, cause he doesn't give a shit and it's from his age 32-38 seasons. Maybe if Strasburg and Harper and Co. make them relevant again, he'll become interested, but him, much like Soriano, were just happy to get the money. Soriano was age 31-38 Crawford age 29-35

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

always been a guy that I heard had a bad attitude and kind of a dick. more rumors and innuendo to be honest, but where there's smoke, there's usually fire and there's been a lot of smoke around Werth for a long time. here's one such example, I've read plenty more. The first sign of trouble was when Charlie Manuel mentioned that there were some players in the locker room concerned about money (Werth is the most notable soon to be free agent). Then Manuel took it a step further and opined that it was affecting Werth at the plate- Werth denied it. Then he cursed at a fan. And gave a half-assed apology. reported a rumor about him and Chase Utley's wife (likely not true, but the timing couldn't have been worse). -edit- not that he's particularly unique or anything in the game of baseball, just not a guy at age 32 that should get a 7-year deal that sets him for life.

What happened to "dead ass team" Bob the Cub critic? Brenly has really turned into a cheerleader lately. It's almost like someone sat him down and told him to stop scaring fans away. Anyone agree with Bob that "there's a lot of parity" in the National League, everyone has good starting pitching staffs and anybody can beat anybody now? That was the lede prior to today's game.

from gammons, alt title, "The Secret To Jim Hendry's Success" A very wise GM says "the key to success isn't managing who's below you, but managing who's above you." And how does Selig manage the owners?

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

of course... I wanted Peavy too and glad that didn't work out, but while everyone was mentioning that Granderson can't hit lefties I was happy to try and get an under 30 that can legitimately play CF and has the approach I like. But tale as old as time, Yanks and Red Sox and seemingly now the Phillies seem to always know when to pull the trigger and get the elite talent, while the Cubs seem to settle for the good talent or misidentify the elite talent (Soriano). Obviously Hendry has had some hits along the way, but a little too few and far between lately. -edit- I never care to be one of those guys that is just "I just told you so", cause I've had plenty of misses in my illustrious internet career (marcus giles comes to mind), but when there is a guy that you like and it ends up working out for another team, it's natural to be annoyed I think. just venting after Granderson hits another one...

Has there been any trade speculation about Aram now that his family has up and left back to the DR? I feel like that was what was keeping him primarily from approving a trade...

Veteran RHP Dave Bush opts out of his Class AAA Iowa contract. #Cubs

The last six half innings of the game have ended with a strikeout... sort of like Leslie Nielsen is the ump.

4 minor leaguers suspended by MLB, including #Twins 1B Kennys Vargas (E-town), #Astros' Euris Quezada, #Cubs Double-A C Luis Flores ...

Marmol implosion warning... BB and a single to start off the 9th

Jackson, their first-round pick in 2009, must be added to the 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 draft if the Cubs promote him when rosters expand in September. He requires no such protection through the winter if they don’t bring him up. --- Me no like this article by Wittenmeyer...… --- “Everybody woke up and started hitting the ball better and realized how good we are,’’ Soriano said. “It’s getting too late, but it’s good we realize how good we are .  .  . because [it gives] more confidence for next year.’’

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 10/03/2023 - 10:46 pm (view)

    I understand this is a cost saving and control idea. But I wouldn't be happy giving up ONKC or Alcantara for Hayes and/or Bednar.

    I'm not saying they aren't good players. They are. They've never been "tested" with playing for a good team, but that isn't their fault. They produce good results. But not Jaguar and Big Red.

    Canario won't get to play for the Cubs, just like Velazquez, so he should probably go. Same for Mervis and Vazquez. Wesneski can get better but Bednar would certainly help us.

    But not to big power hitting OFs that are 21 yrs old and younger at AA already. I'm still holding out hope for the ONKC-PCA-Jag left to right OF. I'm just not giving up on that.

    Hayes for Morel kind of stings. I'd love for Morel to get a full year at 3B. Even if he failed there miserably, I'd like to give him a shot.

    Phil always comes up with common sense angles. This trade idea fills needs for sure and fills them with cost saving effective players.

    I'm thinking Morel goes to NYM for Alonso.

    We'll see what Jed cooks up.

  • 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