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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
* 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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Minor League Free-Agents

Javy Baez Back in Action at Extended Spring Training

Renato Nunez drilled an RBI double, walked twice, and scored a run, Iolana Akau ripped an RBI double and a single, Nate Freiman (on Oakland A's MLB 15-day DL with a lower back strain) reached base three times (walk, single, and HBP), and Matt Stalcup tossed four innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park in Mesa.

Frandy de la Rosa pulled a solo HR over the RF fence to account for the lone Cub run.  

Javy Baez was a DH and batted twice in the game, flying out to deep left-center his first time up, and striking out (swinging) on a 1-2 breaking ball his second time up. Baez is in the process of getting back into game shape at Extended Spring Training after missing the first two weeks of the regular season following the death of his sister.     

Prior to the Cactus League EXST game on Field #6, RHPs Jordan Brink, Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF), Scott Frazier, and Jose Zapata threw one inning a piece in a two-inning intrasquad "sim" game on Field #4. Baez "warmed-up" for the Cactus League EXST game by getting an AB in the "sim" game, rifling a double down the LF line off Brink. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-4 DP, F-8) 
2. Ho-Young Son, DH-SS: 1-3 (L-5 DP, 2B, 4-3) 
3a. Javy Baez, DH #2: 0-2 (F-8, K) 
3b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #3: 0-1 (BB, F-9) 
4b. Jose Paniagua, PH: 0-1 (F-7) 
5a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (6-4-3 DP, F-7)
5b. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-0 (BB)
6. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, 5-4 FC)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-2 (P-6, F-9)
7b. Carlos Jimenez, LF: 0-1 (E-9)
8. Tim Saunders, SS-DH: 1-3 (P-4, K, 1B)
9a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-0 (BB)
9b. Yohan Matos, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
10. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (F-8, L-4 DP, F-7)
11. Frandy de la Rosa, DH-2B: 1-2 (F-8, HR, R, RBI)  
12. Andrew Ely, 2B-DH: 1-1 (1B, BB) 

1. Adbert Alzolay: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/FO, 30 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Yomar Morel: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes) 
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes) 

1. 2B Frandy de la Rosa - E-4 (overthrow at 1st base while attempting to turn 6-4-3 DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
2. 3B Wladimir Galindo - E-5 (overthrow at 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)  

Yohan Matos: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in th 80's 



Glad to see Baez back. Not glad to see him with a 50% K rate. :) I am sure the Cubs are in no rush getting him back as there is really no place for him to play. I will be interested to see where he goes in the field.

O's cancelled tonight's game because of some rioting on the other side of the city...alright then. james brown would not approve.

Homer Bailey to DL with right elbow strain...M. Scherzer will miss next start with thumb injury, that one doesn't sound too serious though.


Another one bites the dust.

Brandon McCarthy down with UCL tear, likely done for the season.


is any team going to ever offer a pitcher an extension that isn't extremely team friendly by this point?

I love Arrieta but considering his age and you know, pitchers, I would just take chances at arbitration at this point.

Good point Rob G. That is why I like what the Cubs have done building around position players. The Mets clearly didn't learn from from the early 2000's Cubs with Wood, Prior and Zambrano.

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In reply to by johann

What I don't get is when people say the leagues should have the same rules, so the NL should get the DH. Why can't the NL have a 'never add the DH' stance? AL has stuck by their stance of never getting rid of the DH. That being said, i am sure the NL will cave, but only after they get serious concessions from the players.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

So true. Why is that never even considered? The game was founded without a DH. The DH is just a cheap American League marketing gimmick. The DH is an aberration. If you can justify one DH, than why not have 9 DH's and 9 defensive specialists?

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In reply to by mannytrillo

because interleague play is here to stay and now necessary (for the better). Rules need to be uniform. More importatnly, teams aren't letting their pitchers hit in the minors, it's getting pointless and even dangerous to let them hit. 

I'll miss the fun and unpredictability of a good hitting pitcher, I find it a more fun version of baseball, but it's time is done.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Basically if there was much of a good hitting pitcher left. They are so few, and too often it's just a joke. Is it cool to see Wood hit the occasional bomb? Yes. But 99 percent of the time we just have to watch near automatic outs step up to the plate. They don't practice hitting, why should they have to?

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In reply to by sbwilliams

Cubs pitchers I've enjoyed watching hit in the last 15 years or so: Kerry Wood, Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Marquis, Sean Marshall, Travis Wood, maybe even Hammel and Arrieta. I don't think it's that rare to have a pitcher up there who isn't a complete zero. It's an added entertainment to have a slight advantage over the opposing team because your starter for that day might smack a double, and trying to get to the pitcher for an easy out also alters the rhythm of the game. Hard to say how much I'll warm to the DH--maybe that will be even more entertaining?

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In reply to by crunch

Had to look and compare to see how bad these guys were: Colon - 13/165 (.079 BA) Johnson - 78/625 (.125 BA) Lester - 0/44 (.000 BA)

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In reply to by sbwilliams

Not pro, per se, but I'm prepared for it. I like the idea of 9 vs. 9, but it just doesn't happen outside the NL. No other professional league in the U.S. is without the DH, correct? It's not like the minor league pitchers in the Cubs system bat anywhere until they get to the bigs. That's just silly. Get to the major leagues, and THEN learn a new skill? What? Plus, it's been what, 40 years? Time for the leagues to play the same set of rules. Momentum is in favor of the DH, and I don't care enough to protest it.

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.