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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

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

* Owen Caissie  

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Javier Baez Takes Maholm Deep at Fitch Park

Paul Maholm threw 5-2/3 innings (77 pitches), allowing three runs (all earned), seven hits (including two doubles, a triple, and a Javier Baez tape-measure home run), two walks, and a HBP, with five strikeouts and 5/5 GO/FO, in intrasquad action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.

Baez crushed his two-run bomb off a house on the north side of 8th Street, and then later in the game, lined a rope-double off the LF fence, stole 3rd, and scored the tying run on an Oliver Zapata single (Zapata’s third hit of the game, BTW).

Baez also made the defensive play of the day (diving stop behind 2nd base, before getting to his feet and making a strong throw to 1st to nip speedy Trey Martin by less than a step).

The game was extended beyond nine innings to accommodate all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw today.

Here is the abridged box score from the game:

1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 3-5 (1B, 2B, K, P-2, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-5 (L-8 DP, 1B, F-8, 6-3, 6-4 FC, RBI, PO)
3. Ryan Cuneo, DH #1: 1-4 (F-8, 1B, BB, 1-3, 4-3)
4b. Trevor Gretzky, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, K, CS)
5. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 1-4 (5-3, 5-3, HBP, 2B, K, R)
6. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, BB, 1B, RBI)
7. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-4 (K, F-9, K, 5-4-3 DP)
8. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-4 (6-3, 6-2 FC, 1B, 5-3, R, SB)
9. Javier Baez, SS: 2-4 (K, HR, K, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
10. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-4 (K, 3B, 4-3, K)
11b. Luis Acosta, DH #3: 0-2 (F-9, K)

1 Trey Martin, CF: 1-5 (3-U, BB, 1B, 3-U, F-7, 6-3, R)
2a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (P-4, E-6, P-4)
2b. Brian Inoa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, K, PO)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (K, 1B, 2B, 4-3, BB, BB, RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 2-6 (2B, 5-4-3 DP, 4-3, 1B, K, 4-6-3 DP, R)
5a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (F-9, P-6, 2B, RBI)
5b. Shawon Dunston, Jr, LF: 1-2 (1B, P-1, R)
6. Anthony Giansanti, DH: 2-4 (BB, 1B, F-9, 1B, P-6, R, 2 RBI)
7. Danny Lockhart, 2B-SS: 1-5 (6-4-3 DP, P-6, P-5, F-9, 1B, SB)
8a. Delbis Arcila, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
8b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (F-8 SF, K, RBI)
9. Wilfredo Petit, C: 1-5 (P-6, K, 6-3, 3-U, 1B)

1. Brooks Raley: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 GIDP, 60 pitches (41 strikes), 6/5 GO/FO
2. Frank del Valle: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 44 pitches (31 strikes), 5/5 GO/FO
3. John Gaub: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (8 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Starling Peralta: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (13 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 15 pitches (9 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

1. Paul Maholm: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 PO, 77 pitches (48 strikes), 5/5 GO/FO
2. Gerardo Concepcion: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 38 pitches (26 strikes), 6/2 GO/FO
3. Tayler Scott: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
4. Joe Zeller: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (11 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS

Wilfredo Petit: 1-4 CS

SS Javier Baez – E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70’s


Keith Law: Cubs claim Luis Valbuena (per mlbtr) Valbuena, 26, was traded from the Indians to the Blue Jays in November. He spent the majority of 2011 with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate where he hit .302/.372/.476 with 17 homers in 472 plate appearances. The infielder played 194 games for the Indians' varsity squad in 2009 and 2010 and saw a good deal of time at second base. Not sure how he fits in other than Iowa, he's a lefty bat and played 28 games at SS in 2009 (about 25% of his appearances that year) per Wikipedia... On November 26, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. On April 4, 2012, Valbuena was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs after being optioned by the Blue Jays.

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In reply to by Cubster

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 2:17pm — Cubster Keith Law: Cubs claim Luis Valbuena Not sure how he fits in other than Iowa, he's a lefty bat and played 28 games at SS in 2009 (about 25% of his appearances that year) ============================= CUBSTER: Luis Valbuena is out of minor league options, and while he could be placed back on waivers again so that the Cubs can send him to AAA (but that's only if no other teams make a claim), he might have been claimed because the Cubs are planning to put Bryan LaHair on the DL and they want another lefty bat on the bench with some pop (and LaHair not being ready to start the season is probably also why DeWitt has been playing a lot of 1B at the end of Spring Training). If LaHair was ready to go, he probably would have been playing in intrasquad games at Fitch Park this week (getting six or eight ABs each game to make up for lost time), but he did not. .

More Padilla twitter...INF Luis Valbuena claimed off waivers. Will make roster. Only 11-man pitching staff to start. LaHair 50-50 for Opening Day with tight back. Campana here (at Wrigley). Says he doesn't know about his status yet.

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In reply to by Cubster

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 3:05pm — Cubster More Padilla twitter...INF Luis Valbuena claimed off waivers. Will make roster. Only 11-man pitching staff to start. LaHair 50-50 for Opening Day with tight back. Campana here (at Wrigley). Says he doesn't know about his status yet. ======================================== CUBSTER: So Tony Campana making the Opening Day roster probably hinges on whether LaHair starts the season on the DL. BTW, if LaHair is placed on the 15-day DL, it can be backdated to March 31st (he last played in a Cactus League game on 3/30), so he could be activated as soon as a week from this Sunday (4/15).

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In reply to by Cubster

Actually there already was one slot open on the 40-man roster when Valbuena was acquired of waivers. NOW the 40-man roster is full. And then outrighting De La Cruz opens up one slot again, although three will be needed for Shawn Camp, Blake DeWitt, and Joe Mather. Again, I expect Marcos Mateo and Gerardo Concepcion to be placed on the 60-DL to create the two more slots that are needed. But then a fourth slot will be needed if and when Rodrigo Lopez is added to the 40. That would probably involve a DFA (possibly Scott Maine), or it could mean working out a trade with the Phillies so that the Cubs can remove Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo from the 40-man roster and outright him to Tennessee or Daytona.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Because he was outrighted previously in his career, Frankie de la Cruz is an Article XX-D player, meaning he has the right to refuse an Outright Assignment to the minors. (Players who have accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time are also Article XX-D players, which is why Blake DeWitt had the right to refuse his Outright Assignment in February despite not having been outrighted previously in his career). De La Cruz now has three days to decide whether to accept the Outright Assignment. If he refuses the assignment (as Andy Sonnanstine did a couple of weeks ago), he is an unrestricted free-agent, and he receives no termination pay (his contract is essentially voided). If he accepts the Outright Assignment, he reports to Iowa, and he can file for free-agency as an Article XX-D minor league free-agent starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (unless he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the 2012 MLB regular season).

25 man based on the above info: DeJesus, Barney, Castro, Soriano, LaHair, Soriano, Stewart, Byrd, Soto (8) Bench: Baker, DeWitt, RJohnson, Mather, Clevenger, Valbuena (6) SP: Dempster, Garza, Samardjiza, Volstad, Maholm (5) RP: Marmol, Wood, Russell, Camp, Dolis, LCastillo (6)

from rotoworld:
Tony Campana will remain with the team in case LaHair needs to be placed on the disabled list.
(kind of a small target for him to be our replacement at first, or maybe they will let Campy use a really big glove)

Another thing about the Cubs roster: Once Joe Mather is added to the 40-man roster, he cannot be sent to the minors unless Outright Waivers are secured. Same goes for Luis Valbuena. And Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson have too much service time to go the minors. But Blake DeWitt does have one minor league option left, so if the Cubs decide to keep Valbuena on the 25 (mainly because he can play SS), DeWitt could be optioned to the minors later on down the line once the Cubs add a 12th pitcher and if they face a 25-man roster squeeze amongst the position players.

I can kind of understand going with an 11-man pitching staff on Opening Day if your 4th starter isn't needed until Monday and the 5th starter isn't needed until next Wednesday, except 4th starter Chris Volstad threw 67 pitches in an intrasquad game at Fitch Park yesterday, and 5th starter Paul Maholm threw 77 pitches in the intrasquad game today, and so neither will be available tomorrow.

In case anyone thinks the Cubs claimed Luis Valbuena so that he could be flipped to the Phillies in a trade (like for Lendy Castillo), remember... A club is not permitted to make a waiver claim and then trade the player to another club if the purpose of the claim was to prevent a third club from being awarded the waiver claim. (A waiver claim that is judged to have been made for this purpose will be revoked). So if any other club with a waiver claim priority between the Cubs and the Phillies claimed Valbuena, and then the Cubs traded Valbuena to the Phillies, the Cubs waiver claim would be revoked (and so would the trade), and the club that put in a claim for Valbuena but lost out to the Cubs would get Valbuena and the Cubs would pay the $50,000 waiver fee.

Ex-Cub RHP Marco Carrillo is now with Los Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican League. The Cubs sold RHP Oswaldo Martinez to Los Diablos Rojos de Mexico (the Mexico City Red Devils) a couple of weeks ago. Both Carrillo and O. Martinez could be in the bullpen for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic next Spring. RHP Hung-Wen Chen (the first Taiwanese player signed by the Cubs) was released, and he will likely be on Team Chinese Taipei in the 2012 WBC. The Cubs loaned Chen to Los Piratas de Campeche in the Mexican League last summer (where he was one of the top closers in the Mexican League), so he could end up back there, or he could go home and pitch in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Cubs have officially added RHP Shawn Camp and OF-IF Joe Mather to 40-man roster, and have placed RHP Marcos Mateo (elbow) on 60-day DL. Camp is eligible to be an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2012. He has no minor league options left, but it doesn't really matter because he has five-plus years of MLB Service Time, so he cannot be sent to minors (by Outrighht or Optional Assignment) unless he gives his permission in advance (which is VERY unlikely). Mather has no Minor League Options left and can refuse an Outright Assignment if he is outrighted because he was outrighted previously in his career. Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is now full, and MLB Active List (25-man roster) is one over limit because LHP Gerardo Concepcion hasn't been officially optioned yet. Concepcion was never in big league camp, and he was left behind when the Daytona Cubs left for Florida last Sunday (he pitched in the Fitch Park intrasquad game this morning), so he could go on 60-day DL to open up another slot on the 40-man roster if he is not optioned by tomorrow. IF-OF Blake DeWiit and RHP Rodrigo Lopez have NOT yet been added to 40-man roster. Rodrigo Lopez gets automatic $100K retention bonus if he is not added to Cubs 40-man roster by Opening Day. That's because he was a post-2011 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a minor league contract, and Cubs did not release him by 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day. So if Cubs plan to add Lopez to 40-man roster (and 25-man roster), they would save $100K by doing it by Opening Day instead of waiting to do it and paying him an extra $100K unnecessarily. DeWitt cannot refuse to go to Iowa because he was outrighted in February and had his chance to be a free-agent at that time. Now he's stuck.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 9:35am — Dr. aaron b What do you think the split is on his Minor League contract? 100K now might be less than what his Major League split would be. =================================== DR AARON: Bruce Levine reported Rodrigo Lopez's contract as $900K if he was on an MLB 40-man roster, with a $235K minor league split salary to be paid if he is at AAA Iowa. So that's $150K per month if he is in MLB, or about $60K per month if he is at AAA. If he spends a month at Iowa, the Cubs would save about $90K in salary (but offset by paying the $100K Article XX-B retention bonus) versus what they would have had to pay him if he had been in MLB over that period of time. What I was trying to say about the Article XX-B retention bonus is if Lopez is going to AAA and there is no doubt about that and he's going to be there at least a month, then fine. But if the Cubs are planning to add him to the 40-man roster when they add a 12th pitcher, then waiting a couple of days to do that cost them an extra $100K that they would not have had to pay if he was added to the 40-man roster prior to Opening Day.

Even though I knew the Cubs had cut payroll, I was surprised to read this from @BizballMaury on Twitter:
Everyone talking about Mets' cuts, but Cubs more (-29.47%): $88,197,033 in 2012 compared to $125,047,329 last Opening Day
Who would have thought this would be the result when Epstein and Hoyer took over?

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In reply to by Rob G.

So in a nutshell, the quote above from @bizballmaury was a waste of the time it took Maury to tweet it, the time it took me to re-quote it, and the space it took up on this page. Other than that, it was very worthwhile. On another note, if you subtract 18% of the Yankees payroll and then claim they have a much lower, fictitious payroll...oh, never mind.

Looks like Concepcion is back on Daytona. I don't recall the initial list for Daytona that was put out, so not sure who got sent down. Guessing one of the lefties (Kirk/Jokisch) join Harman in the pen, as it's hard to see Cates/Loosen not in the rotation (and Loosen is starting opening day), and I gotta think Simpson gets a rotation look.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 6:59am — toonsterwu Looks like Concepcion is back on Daytona. I don't recall the initial list for Daytona that was put out, so not sure who got sent down. Guessing one of the lefties (Kirk/Jokisch) join Harman in the pen, as it's hard to see Cates/Loosen not in the rotation (and Loosen is starting opening day), and I gotta think Simpson gets a rotation look. ====================================== TOONSTER: With Gerardo Concepcion getting optioned to Daytona (and he looked very good in yesterday's intrasquad game, BTW), the Daytona Cubs now have 26 players listed on their 25-man roster, including 14 pitchers. They could keep 14 pitchers for a while and drop a position player (they use the DH in all "A" ball leagues, so a team could probably operate with a two-man bench), or they could DL or drop one of the other pitchers.

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 


  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?