There will no doubt be trades, MLB and minor league free-agent signings, waiver claims, perhaps even a Rule 5 Draft pick, some non-tenders on 12/2, and maybe one or more Cubs minor leaguers will get taken in the Rule 5 Draft, but - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - here is the preliminary projected Cubs Spring Training roster:
I'm taking a roundabout approach on this one, editing an old thread since I am currently unable to add a new story to the site. Here is your belated post for the 2021 opening series.
The Cubs lost a battle of the bullpens in game 1, with each team's starting pitcher going only 3 innings. The Pirates bullpen essentially shut down the Cubs' offense for the remaining 6 innings and the Cubs collected only 2 hits in the game. Meanwhile, Cubs pitchers allowed 11 walks and a HBP.
You know, the Padres have always sort of held a special place in my baseball heart.
They're that chunk of burnt fat off an Italian beef I got at some bar on Lincoln that stuck in my artery since I watched that Garvey homer in 1984.
You'd think it might be getting better after all these years, but now with this Yu Darvish trade to Garvey's old team to clear some money?
Tums won't help.
We knew change was coming, but whatever, man.
SELECTED BY CUBS IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT:
Gray Fenter, RHP (selected by Cubs from Baltimore Orioles AAA Norfolk roster)
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT
PLAYERS SELECTED BY CUBS IN AAA PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT :
1. Nicholas Padilla, RHP (selected by Cubs for AAA Iowa from Tampa Bay Rays Hi-A Charlotte roster)
2. Samuel Reyes, RHP (selected by Cubs for AAA Iowa from Pittsburgh Pirates Hi-A Bradenton roster)
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN AAA PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT:
1. Yunior Perez, RHP (selected by Detroit Tigers for AAA Toledo from Cubs AA Tennessee roster)
2. Jeffrey Passantino, RHP (selected by Pittsburgh Pirates for AAA Indianapolis from Cubs AA Tennessee roster)
The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.
So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).
A tad off topic, but whatever.