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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, nine players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and two players are on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-15-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

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

OPTIONED: 9 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 2 
Seiya Suzuki, OF
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 
 





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Eloy, Marcano, and Sands Offer the Snake-Bite Cure at Talking Stick

Eloy Jimenez reached base four times (two doubles, a single, and a walk) in four Plate Appearances and drove-in a run, Ricardo Marcano belted a triple and a two-run double and scored a run, and LHP Carson Sands hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Jackrabbit Field, and Raymel Flores drilled two triples and scored two runs, Sergio Alcantara ripped a two-run inside-the-park HR, and Wei-Chieh Huang and five relievers combined to retire 25 of the first 27 men they faced, leading the D'backs to an 8-2 victory over the Cubs on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Jose Paniagua singled twice, doubled, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause on Whirlwind Field. 

Recently signed free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-3 with a single and a walk and a run scored in four PA and RHRP Matt Stites (on AZ MLB 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation) threw a shutout inning (one hit allowed, one strikeout) for the Diamondbacks squad on Whirlwind Field.  . 

In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Tommy LaStella (on Cubs 15-day DL - rib cage inflammation) has completed the Extended Spring Training portion of his rehab and has moved up to AA Tennessee, where he will begin his Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment. In just two Cactus League EXST games (10 PA), LaStella had seven hits (including four doubles and a HR) and a sacrifice fly, and six RBI. 

Also, INF Andrew Ely (Cubs 2014 32nd round draft pick - U. of Washington) has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend, and INF Tim Saunders (Cubs 2012 32nd round draft pick - Marietta College) has been released.  

The 22 year old Ely began the season on the Hi-A Myrtle Beach roster, but he did not play for the Pelicans and was assigned to Extended Spring Training last month. In six Cactus League EXST games (21 PA), Ely hit 312/476/375, with a double, four walks, an HBP, two strikeouts, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. He played both 2B and 3B while he was in Arizona. 

The left-handed hitting Ely had a fine debut professional season in 2014, hitting 298/348/479 with five HR & 16 RBI in 34 games combined between AZL Cubs and AAA Iowa. 

The speedy Saunders (48 SB in 148 career minor league games) was a two-time NCAA Division 3 All American in college and the 2012 NCAA D-3 Player of the Year, but yet he seemingly came out of nowhere to hit 381/431/536 between AZL Cubs, Peoria, and Daytona (combined 49 games - 218 PA) after being drafted in 2012. But then he suffered an elbow injury at Daytona in 2013 that required a UCL transplant (Tommy John surgery), and he was unable to regain the 2012 mojo once he returned to action.   

The 24-year old Saunders retired last June, but decided to try it again this season. He reported to Minor League Camp in March, but was left behind at Extended Spring Training. He still shows plus-speed on the bases and versatility and range in the field, and he still has a good eye at the plate, but he hit only 154/313/231 in eleven Cactus League EXST games (32 PA), with four walks and two HBP, six strikeouts, three stolen bases (one CS), five runs scored, and two RBI. He played 2B, 3B, and SS in Cactus League EXST games and intrasquad games while he was at EXST, and he has also played the outfield earlier in his career. He should be able to find a spot with an indepenedent league team if he wants to continue playing. 

It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play an EXST intrasquad game on Field #6 at Riverview Park yesterday afternoon.

Veteran MLB RHP Felipe Paulino was one of the starting pitchers in the intrasquad game, and he worked 3.1 IP and got his pitch count up to 63, so he may ready to join AAA Iowa sooner rather than later. He did allow three runs on four hits (two singles, a triple and a solo HR) and two walks, but he also struck out six (all six swinging). His fastball was consistently 94-95 MPH, and touched 96 at least once, so apparently there is nothing wrong with his arm (Paulino missed most of the 2014 season with a sore shoulder, and he had TJS in 2012).  

Tyler Alamo slugged a solo home run (that was the one HR allowed by F. Paulino), Yohan Matos, Carlos Jimenez, and Jose Paniagua belted triples, and LHP Jose Paulino tossed four innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts (and a 6/0 GO/FO) in the intrasquad game. (J. Paulino is a virtual-lock to join Carson Sands, Justin Steele, and Austyn Willis in the Eugene starting rotation, when the Northwest League begins play next month). 

RHP Dillon Maples had another poor outing. Working in relief of J. Paulino in the intrasquad game, Maples allowed five runs on five hits (including two triples and a double) and two walks in just one inning of work.This is the fourth consecutive Extended Spring Training for the now 23-year old Maples (he was drafted out of a North Carolina HS in 2011, but did not sign until August of that year), and while he still throws a 94 MPH heater and a hammer curve, he has a lot of difficulty commanding his pitches. He also sometimes will lose confidence in his fastball if he's not getting good results with it, and when that happens he tends to lose focus. 

Here are the abridged box scores from today's two Cubs Cactus League EXST games (Cubs players only), followed by the abridged box score from yesterday's intrasquad game at Riverview Park: 


JACKRABBIT FIELD

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1-3, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, BB, L-7)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 2B, BB, RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-4 (K, 3-6-1 DP, F-8, F-8)
6a. Yohan Matos, C: 0-2 (BB, K, P-3, SB)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (F-7)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB, R)
8. Ho-Young Son, DH #1: 2-4 (F-8, L-5, 1B, 1B, R)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (4-3, 3B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
10. Danny Gutierrez, DH #2: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 6-3, P-5, CS) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Carson Sands: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/FO, 57 pitches (31 strikes) 
2. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (18 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "A: CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS 

WHIRLWIND FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-3)
2. Roberto Caro, RF-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, R)
3. Jose Paniagua, LF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 2B, R, PO)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, 4-3, RBI)
5. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 1-3 (F-7, F-7, 1B) 
7. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-3 (K, F-9, K) 
8. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, K)
9. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH-RF: 0-2 (K, K)
11. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
12. Andruw Monasterio, DH #4: 0-2 (K, L-7)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jesus Camargo: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 0/5 GO/FO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Jordan Brink: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Varonex Cuevas: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed bater to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle & temperatures in the 70's 

ATTENDANCE: 27 

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CUBS INTRASQUAD GAME AT RIVERVIEW PARK FIELD #6 (Thursday 5-14-2015) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-3 (6-3, 6-5 FC, 6-3, RBI)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 4-3, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B)
5. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-3 (HR, K, 4-3, R, RBI) 
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 0-3 (K, 3-1, 4-3)
7. Ho-Young Son, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7, CS)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, R)
9. Yohan Matos, DH #1: 1-2 (3B, K, RBI)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, LF: 1-3 (6-3, K, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3, BB, R, SB)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH: 1-2 (K, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, 3-6-1 DP, R, SB)
6. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, 3-1, BB, R)
7. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Danny Gutierrez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-5, R)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-3 (K, 3B, 6-3, R, RBI)
 
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 6/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GOP/FO, 23 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Felipe Paulino: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (7 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
P Jose Paulino: E-1 (errant throw on infield single allowed batter to advance to 3rd base & runner to score from 2nd) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Alamo: 1-4 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny & VERY breezy with tempeatures in the 70's 

ATTENDANCE: 4 

Comments

Any idea why Ely instead of Eloy to Lo-A? Felipe Paulino, really? The velocity sounds good, but were they hitting it hard? It sounds like the command was off, too. How did he look overall?

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In reply to by John Beasley

JOHN B: Andrew Ely was assigned to South Bend because they needed an infielder to replace 2B Chesny Young, who was moved-up to Myrtle Beach. It was between Ely and Bryant Flete, and Ely got the call, probably because he is older, has D-1 college experience, and spent some time at AAA last season.  

Felipe Paulino's velocity (94-96) is good but his fastball is straight and hittable. (Tyler Alamo cranked his HR over the left-centerfield fence and Yohan Matos mashed a triple on a fastball). His breaking ball and change-up are OK, but nothing special, although he did get a lot of swings & misses (six swinging strikeouts, including Eloy Jimenez twice) between the hits.

I see Paulino as a rotation filler at AAA, probably nothing more than that. 

 

Smokies smokin'... 9-4 win over the Biscuits (12 hits) Almora 2-4 (double, triple, walk), Schwarber 3-4 (double, HR, walk), Vogelbach 2-3 (doubles x2, walks x2), McKinney 1-5 (double) and the MB Pelicans had 15 hits in a 7-1 win including Zagunis 3-5 and Underwood with 5 shutout innings, no BB, 3K, 4H.

one last thing... Javier Baez after striking out in the first, went 3-4 (3 singles) with 2 rbi. He's now hitting .311 .311 .382 .443 .825 (61 AB) per John Arguello at Cubs Den:
After striking out he squared up on a line drive single to LF and then later when the opposite way for a single to RF. He also showed his good baserunning skills, beating out an infield grounder and stealing 2 bases to give him 5 on the year.
6th inning: Javier Baez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Kent Matthes. John Andreoli scores. Arismendy Alcantara scores (during that inning, Baez then steals 2nd and 3rd). From Tommy Birch (Des Moines Register) on twitter: Baez: "I think I found my swing. Well, I don't think, I know I found my swing." Last time Baez felt this good at the plate: "When I was in double-A. I haven't felt like this since I've been here." https://twitter.com/TommyBirch/status/599424090504613888 https://twitter.com/TommyBirch/status/599424565450842112 From the Sound of Music...How do you solve a problem like Maria? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1HwVmY28Pk

on Bruce Levine's radio show this am, he hinted at some pitching roster changes coming soon. Given the overuse of the pen, some fresh arms may be needed just because of that issue. Said Phil Coke is on a short leash (with Russell and Rosscup, he's the 3rd lefty in the pen) and Wada is ready. Also said it is no coincidence that Wada is pitching on same day schedule as Travis Wood. Hmmmm.

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In reply to by Cubster

Rosscup showed why he deserved Maddon's confidence yesterday but he still makes me nervous. But he really applied the tourniquet at exactly the right time there. Coke should probably be cut loose. Motte isn't getting anybody out either. I hope his leash is at least getting frayed around the edges a bit. It was good to hear the Great Maddonini say during his presser that, in his words, they're not going to the dance if the bullpen keeps going this way.

The Cubs played a six-inning Extended Spring Training intrasquad "sim" game at Riverview Park this morning, and Pierce Johnson threw to hitters for the first time since being shut-down the last week of Spring Training. 

PITCHERS
Oscar de la Cruz: three innings (60 pitches) 
Justin Steele: three innings (60 pitches) 
Andin Diaz: two innings (40 pitches) 
Pierce Johnson: two innings (30 pitches)
Scott Frazier: one inning (25 pitches) 
Jae-Hoon Ha: one inning (20 pitches)

It appears that de la Cruz is the front-runner for the 5th starter slot at Eugene (joing Justin Steele, Carson Sands, Austyn Willis, and Jose Paulino). The 6'6 20-year old de la Cruz features a 94 MPH fastball, a curve, and a change-up, and he is probably the most-improve pitcher at EXST (he made his U. S. debut at Instructs last year). 

I hate Joe. Sahadev Sharma @sahadevsharma · Maddon on sending Szczur down and recalling Schlitter: We had to thicken up the pen and there were just no other options. Okay, this is better. Sahadev Sharma @sahadevsharma · Maddon said lot of different options for immediate future, but Schlitter was just the move for *today* and then they'll figure out tomorrow.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Jokisch and Germen are eating up 40-man spots that they aren't earning right now, so that would be a start. Britton and Cooper are not long-term solutions, but they've both pitched well enough to qualify as emergency help at this point. I also expect Wood to go to the pen when Wada gets activated.

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In reply to by John Beasley

jokisch is kept around because he's a lefty that's effective vs righties and lefties because of his pitch mix who has decent control...and not prone to the long ball. if he ever figures it out he could be a solid middle/end rotation guy. that said, i think the cubs have more faith in that chance than the fans...myself included. he's a guy that some team most likely has 40-man roster space for, though.

it seems j.lester also sucks at bunting...that one's a little more excusable given his extended time in the AL. i kinda wondered why 0-infinity lester was allowed to swing so much in earlier games.

JD is commenting on how Russell should just keep running to first on that play but it looks like Russell was losing his balance anyway, and the best thing was just to keep the momentum of his fall going towards first.

warm weather + weekend + winning = packed house. 38K announced...and it looks it.

Uh-oh...it looks like the league has figured it out -- if you pitch to both Ross AND Lester, you get 2 automatic outs instead of just one.

shitter is warming up in the pen by himself with a 1 run cubs lead in progress, 2 men on, and 2 outs...alright then. phew...lester pitches through it...110 pitches

i would give rizzo...like...$5 to not use marky mark and the funky bunch for walkup music. if anyone knows if he wants in on this, tell him to hit me up for his payday.

A bit confused on why, with Denofria hurt on and off the whole season, why they recall Schlit-head - who can not get anyone out - and send down Ceasar? Is Maddon just telling Theo, "You want me to show you he sucks - AGAIN??"

Win by three v. an intra-division ace without benefit of any run-scoring hits? An ace we had never beaten?

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In reply to by Newport

Bryant has done a pretty good job of quashing the "can't field third base" mantra. In fact, I'm seeing the opposite. Has pretty good range, makes some nice stabs out there, and a really good arm. The whole air mailing the ball to Rizzo thing he started the year with has even subsided. I think they'll leave Baez in Iowa for awhile to see if his new habits stick, but then they need to figure out where to put him. There's no room at the infield. You would think left field would be a piece of cake for someone with his baseball instincts.

Before the game, I was thinking to myself how crazy it was to have a 9-man bullpen. Turns out, they were actually playing with a 10-man bullpen today. It's like the damn playoffs already.

Turns out, they were actually playing with a 10-man bullpen today. --- Does Schlitter count? Really?

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In reply to by Charlie

I think it probably goes like this: Cubs brass to Iowa guys: "Is he keeping his sinker down?" Iowa guys: "Yes." Cubs brass to Maddon: "It's safe to use him, he's keeping his sinker down." Maddon: "My relievers are all tired. I'll try him again." Schlitter: "Watch this! See? I can throw my sinker chest high!!!"

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In reply to by jacos

he sent 2 guys to surgery under his tenure...both relievers...neither with pitch count concerns...before he got to take the blame for m.prior (and k.wood for some reason even with his prior injuries). meanwhile, MLB on whole is sending record numbers of kids to surgery since teams adjusted to the new babying of pitchers method of player use management. go figure. maybe it's a bit more complicated than throwing 5-10 extra pitches a game or 2 games in a row of heavy work. kids are dropping like flies, both starters and pen guys. it's not as cut/dry as it seems, especially since things are moving (more like tumbling fast) in the opposite direction with extra care.

Gameday says the wind is blowing out to LF at 20 mph. Is that for real? Also, I haven't had much to complain about as lineups go this year, but getting tired of Castro fourth and Soler sixth. Flip em please.

Recent comments

  • Bill (view)

    That pretty well sums up the situation.  Epstein, the media and the fans became obsessed with the concept of a "window of opportunity" that had to be taken advantage of before it closed.  Thus the trade for Quintana, and the trade of Soler for crap.

    The way to deal with a "window of opportunity" is not to sacrifice everything to win, but to extend that window.  Epstein knew that he was having his best players, Rizzo, Baez and Bryant in the same year, with Contreras the following year, at the same time that the pitching staff was growing elderly and on the verge of declining.  A responsible administration would have moved one of the ""core" two years earlier, and a second one the next year, in order to prevent the otherwise necessity of "tanking" when they left at the same time.  they had to know that there was no way they could have all been extended, and still leave room for growth.

    Other than the Dodgers and the Yankees, no team can maintain a consistent level of production without a consistent flow of high ceiling, low cost controlled young players coming up from the farm.  We have lived through the errors of the past, and hopefully have learned enough from them to prevent a reoccurance of it in a few years.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I think it was pretty clear that practically all of “the core” was going to be gone after the 2021 season and that utterly gutting the farm system to chase a championship with the same guys year after year until they all departed wasn’t going to end well. That was talked about as early as 2017.

    I don’t think it’s hindsight to say they would have been better off from a sustainability standpoint trading some of those pieces for the best prospect packages available and introducing some of the kids. For example, I was hoping real time they would trade Schwarber during the 2016 offseason to an AL team as a DH when the DH was AL only. Fresh off being a WS hero he could have fetched quite a haul. But, alas, he was a member of the vaunted, untouchable “core”.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    What would have surprised me is the Dodgers, who have traditionally been outstanding in evaluating and developing talent, giving away Busch for nothing. They obviously saw something in both of the guys. Perhaps one or both will be future superstars.

    That said, the old cliche is that the level of competition increases ten fold for every level moved up. Ferris and Hope both have a long way to go. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    For now, I’m watching Busch put the team on his shoulders while the presumed offensive star of the team flails and doesn’t seem to have a plan beyond “waiting for the numbers to even out”. 

    I thought it was a good and fair trade at the time - a talented but surplus guy for the Dodgers that filled an immediate need for the Cubs in exchange for potential pieces of the Dodgers future - and I’m awfully glad Busch is a Cub.

  • First.Pitch.120 (view)

    Mostly agree, but I don’t think it was as much “unshakeable faith” as it was a series of unclear choices in the moment that have become obvious with hindsight.  

    The upside outcome for the coming year for any player was always much higher than the return on selling. It was like Texas Hold’em purgatory of having 4 to an A-K led flush…  impossible to get away from. 


     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He works quickly too so all that happened in probably like 4 minutes 

  • crunch (view)

    as of now, zyhir hope is the dodgers #20 prospect on mlb.com (ferris #7).  he made 0 national "top 100" overall lists.  that may be a different story soon enough.

    if hope is not in the team top-10 by year's end i would be shocked.

    i don't know what happened between draft day and a couple months in arizona, but he got the attention of many organizations outside of the cubs when he showed up.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and he takes a comebacker off the knee on pitch 7.  out made, run scored.

    pitch 9 is a 3 run homer.  amazing.

  • crunch (view)

    wade miley (MIL) loads the bases on 5 pitches in the 1st.  that's a special kind of talent.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    While the Chapman trade helped to cement a championship I honestly think that trade was made in a different era. Nobody trades their best prospects for rentals anymore.

    The Quintana trade was a stinker from day one. It seemed to be a product of Theo’s unshakable faith in his 2016 “core” and the consistent and mistaken idea that they were always just one guy away from a return to WS glory. The mistake was repeated several times and I think that realization along with a general evolution in baseball thinking has helped to shape Jed and the way he operates today.

  • Bill (view)

    I had mixed emotions when I heard of the trade, as I have with most trades that involve high potential prospects.  But that is because I hate to trade a high potential prospect for a veteran with only a few years control, and with a much lower potential than the prospects give away.  I hated the trade of Cease and Jiminez for Quinta, because I viewed Quintana as a decent, but not top pitcher, being traded for two very high-potential prospects.  I disliked the trade for Chapman, because a high-potential prospect was traded for a rental, although in this case, the fact that the rental was a top player greatly softened the blow.  The trade of Ferris and Hope for Busch seemed even at the time, to be a good one, even though they gave up one of my favorite prospects.  The return was a high-potential prospect with 6 years of control, at a time when he could be a difference maker on the team.

    13 games hardly proves that it was a good trade, but at least it was a reasonable one, no matter how it turns out.  So far, so good.