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40-Man Roster Info

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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Projected Post-2021 "Super Two" Players

An unsigned player under club control who has accrued at least three but less than six years of MLB Service Time is automatically eligible for salary arbitration.
Also, any unsigned player with at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time who accrued at least 86 days of MLB Service Time during the previous season can qualify for salary arbitration as a so-called "Super Two" if the player is among the top 22% in MLB Service Time of players in that group (rounded to the nearest whole number). And if  two or more players are tied with the same MLB Service Time just above the "Super Two" threshold, all of the players with that accrued MLB ST would get "Super Two" status even if that means the number of players with "Super Two" status exceeds 22%.

Because it is based on a percentage, the "Super Two" threshold fluctuates from year-to-year (it was two years plus 125 days or 2+125 MLB ST post-2020, 2+115 post-2019, 2+134 MLB ST post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, 2+133 post-2014, 2+122 post-2013, 2+140 post-2012, 2+145 post-2011, 2+122 in 2010, and 2+139 in 2009), but the threshold has generally gone down whenever a new CBA is signed, because the percentage of players who automatically qualify for "Super Two" status has increased with each new CBA.

Besides gaining the right to request salary arbitration and have that right four times instead of just three times, being a "Super Two" player also means the player can elect free-agency if outrighted even though he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time and even if he has not been outrighted previously in his career (however, unlike a player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career and who therefore has the option to elect free-agency immediately or else defer the choice until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a "Super Two ' player who has not been outrighted previously in his career must make his choice immediately upon being outrighted). 

At present there are 158 players on MLB rosters who are projected to fit the criteria of a player who has accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time with at least 86 days of MLB Service Time accrued in the 2021 MLB regular season. So that means that 22% of the 158 (34.76 rounded to the nearest whole number, which is 35) will be at or above the Super Two threshold.and will have "Super Two" status post-2021. However, more than one player has accrued MLB Service Time equaling the projected post-2021 "Super Two" threshhold, so 36 players will actually qualify as a "Super Two" player post-2021.

Sometimes a player petitions (successfully) to have his listed MLB Service Time adjusted (like due to an injury that occurred before the player was optioned to the minors, or because a player was optioned prior to game time or after the start of a game, both of which would impact the player's service time and thus could impact the number of players who are in the macro group and how many of the players in the group acquire "Super Two" status), so the MLB Service Time listed below is unofficial.

TOP 22% OF PLAYERS WITH BETWEEN TWO & THREE YEARS OF MLB SERVICE TIME POST-2021
Jon Berti, RHP (MIA) - 2+168 
Luis Guillorme, INF (NYM) - 2+167
Josh James, RHP (HOU) - 2+166
Bryan Reynolds, OF (PIT) - 2+163
Framber Valdez, LHP (HOU) - 2+163
Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 1B (TOR) - 2+157 
Tim Mayza, LHP (TOR) - 2+156 
Brett Martin, LHP (TEX) - 2+151
Nick Senzel, OF (CIN) - 2+150 
Harold Castro, INF-OF (DET) - 2+141 
Willians Astudillo, C-1B-3B (MIN) - 2+140 
Nicky Lopez, INF (KC) - 2+139 
Austin Riley, 3B (ATL) - 2+138 
Magneuris Sierra, OF (MIA) - 2+138 
Pierce Johnson, RHP (SD) - 2+137 
Jimmy Cordero, RHP (CHW) - 2+136 
Cal Quantrill, RHP (CLE) - 2+132 
Cavan Biggio, INF (TOR) - 2+129 
Mike Yastrzemski, OF (SF) - 2+128 
Andrew Stevenson, OF (WAS) - 2+127 
Austin Voth, RHP (WAS) - 2+127 
Jeff Brigham, RHP (MIA) - 2+126 
Tanner Rainey, RHP (WAS) - 2+126 
Trent Thornton, RHP (TOR) - 2+126 
Taylor Hearn LHP (TEX) - 2+122 
Luis Arraez, INF (MIN) - 2+121
Josh Taylor, LHP (BOS) - 2+121
Miguel Diaz, RHP (SD) - 2+120
Luis Urias, INF (MIL) - 2+120  
Josh Naylor, OF (CLE) - 2+118 
Luis Torrens, C (SEA) - 2+117 
Peter Lambert, RHP (COL) - 2+116 
Kolby Allard, LHP (TEX) - 2+114
Tommy Edman, INF (STL) - 2+114 
Colin Poche, LHP (TB) - 2+114 
Rowan Wick, RHP (CUBS) - 2+114
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PROJECTED SUPER TWO CUT-OFF - 2+114
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Yordan Alvarez, OF (HOU) - 2+113 
Myles Straw, OF (CLE) - 2+112
Austin Gomber, LHP (COL) - 2+111 

So if it remains unchanged, 2+114 MLB ST will be the post-2021 "Super Two" threshold cut-off, and it would be the lowest Super Two cut-off in MLB history. 

Bryan Reynolds, Framber Valdez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Austin Riley, Tommy Edman, and Cal Quantrill won't have to worry, but for a number of the other players on the above list, being a "Super Two" ain't necessarily so super. In many cases, a club will either release or non-tender the player rather than risk going to arbitration with him. And even for those players who are tendered a contract, becoming arbitration-eligible a year early can make a player more likely to be shopped in a trade, especially by a club with payroll issues.  

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btw, gotta love the banner photo showing white cleats with Wrigley mud stuck to them. Great choice (and very 3D).

How do I find the site for Caribbean winter baseball? Looking for rosters, box scores and etc.

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In reply to by Hagsag

It seems to be up to individual country origin promoters at this point, many not english translated.  coverage from mlb/milb was limited in 2018 and they seem to have given up in 2019.  last year was the same thing even though they were operating a nearly post-covid type structure.

we start tomorrow and nothing seems to be in place for casual english-speaking fans (that i know of).

sahadev sharma (the atlantic) says w.contreras is all but gone via trade if jed can't get an extension worked out.

unless you're a yan gomes fan, the catcher market is nearly non-existent this off-season.

if this gets a bit more dire looking for the cubs i'll try to compile a list of 18-21 year old outside-of-top-10 team tallent and guys with serious injuries missing all of next season as potential cubs trade targets.

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In reply to by crunch

Kyle Hendricks and Willson Contreras are the last two guys on the 40 the Cubs can trade for decent prospects, so it would seem likely that they will do that prior to the start of the 2022 season.

And then the Cubs will wait until the end of the off-season and try and sign free-agents who didn't get what they thought they would get in the marketplace (and who aren't saddled with a QO) to short-term / high AAV deals, and then flip them at the trade deadline (like they did with Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Kimbrel, Chafin, Pederson, et al this past season) for even more prospects if they are not in contention to win the division at the 2022 trade deadline.

I would expect the Cubs to eventually sign two or three SP (two if they don't trade Hendricks, or three if they do), two or three RP (including two LHRP), a SS, and a catcher (or two catchers if they trade Contreras) to one or (max) two-year deals. 

Just because the Cubs have a lot of money to spend and say they are willing to spend it doesn't mean they will offer anyone a long-term contract. There is a reason why the Cubs jumped at the chance to trade Yu Darvish (who was the Cubs #1 SP in 2020, but who had three years left on his deal coming into the 2021 season) last off-season. 

Depending on how the new CBA might change free-agency and salary arbitration as it relates to MLB Service Time, the only kind of long-term deal the Cubs might consider going forward is maybe if Brennen Davis comes up next season and hits the ground running and looks like the real deal, then the Cubs might offer him an eight or nine-year contract that would buy out his arbitration years and two or three free-agent years, but would also protect the Cubs with multiple club option years (similar to the Anthony Rizzo contract extension in 2013, or like the extension Ronald Acuna signed with the Braves in 2019). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

cubs gonna have to add a new "middle-A" minor league system.

they could probably field 4 full teams to play against themselves if they shift both hendricks and contreras.

seriously though...yeah, i expect a slew of 1-year deals that straddle the line between being competitive and dumping guys if needed.  there seems to be something going on with the cubs and SS, though.  between rumors about higher profile SSs and hoerner talking about perhaps playing all over the diamond rather than just SS there may be something to it.

also, as a contreras fan, i would love to see him get extended.

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In reply to by crunch

I'm honestly not sure Hendricks has any trade value right now (or not as much as Jed would want to part with him). Think the soonest they would move him would be the trade deadline. Willson might have value just because there are no good FA catchers available. But even his value is down, which might make now a decent time to extend him. 

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: I think if the Cubs trade Contreras (and I believe they will, and before Opening Day), they will want to get a catching prospect back in the deal. 

Guys like Austin Wells (NYY), Cal Raleigh (SEA), Connor Wong (BOS), or Korey Lee (HOU) would be just fine with me.  

BRADSBEARD:  I think one thing that hurt Hendricks was that he was surrounded in the rotation by other soft-tossing RHSP and that enabled opposing hitters to get locked-in to that type of pitcher. Also, Hendricks went south right after the trade deadline. Possibly the tanking got inside his head. 

l see the Angels (in particular) as a very likely destination for Hendricks.

The Angels are absolutely desperate for starting pitchers and they can't do a tear-down and rebuild because of Trout, Ohtani, and Rondon, Hendricks is under control for three more seasons at a reasonable AAV, Joe Maddon knows him very well and trusts him, he's from Newport Beach, and the Cubs have shown a willingness to take back a package of young unproven position players in a trade involving a SP (Darvish).

The Cubs played the Angels a lot in Instructs and had a scout specifically following the Angels, so I suspect guys like CF Jordyn Adams (Angels 2018 1st round pick), SS Jeremiah Jackson (Angels 2nd round pick in 2018), INF Arol Vera (a switch-hitting $2M IFA signed by the Angels out of Venezuela in 2019), OF David Calabrese (Angels 2020 4th round pick and a teammate of Owen Caissie on Team Canada 18U team in 2018), and 3B Werner Blakely (Angels 2020 4th round pick), as well as maybe one of the 20 pitchers the Angels selected in the 2021 draft (when they drafted - ONLY - pitchers) might be on the Cubs radar.

I can tell you from having watched the Angels a lot in Instructs that (just like the Padres a year ago) they are fairly well-stocked at the lower levels. In fact, I'd take Jackson, Vera, and either Adams or Calabrese (Angels choice) back for Hendricks in a heartbeat, and the Angels can keep all of their 2021 pitcher draft picks.   

I believe if it happens it will be a quantity trade involving players quite a ways away from MLB, just like the Darvish trade with the Padres. So the Angels wouldn't have to part with Detmers, Adell, or Marsh, and they wouldn't have to give up THAT many prospects (probably just three, and quite possibly no pitchers) for three years of Kyle Hendricks. 

I LUV Swami AZ PHIL's crystal ball especially the week before Halloween.

Reeses peanutbutter cups, m&m's, snickers or... (fill in the blank)

Man, trading Willson and Hendricks would leave Heyward as the last one from 2016. Would be hard to believe literally every Cub fan will be thrilled to see the last guy from the title team leave.

Also all of those things mentioned (trading the two, short term deals with guys who are likely middling or decent) screams "don't pay any attention to the Cubs this year"

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In reply to by crunch

I'm sure he's working with the new hitting coach, this is definitely the guy who will fix what the other 4 havent! Whenever this new guy gets hired anyway!!
 Can't wait for the obligatory "best shape of his life" nonsense if spring training happens.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

i will give him props for one thing...

this year especially, he seems to have taken on a coach/mentor-like role.  he cheerleads others and talks to guys in the dugout after ABs or when he's benched and they're done with their fielding inning.

he's at least giving some value back to the team rather than retreating into himself and being frustrated at his lack of good numbers.  i'd rather have a surly asshole with good numbers, but we got what we got.

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  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The short answer there is yes he gets credit for the wins but he also gets credit for the losses.

    Phil’s point about the crystal ball is spot on. If all of the machinery and data and systems they have don’t manifest into essentially a crystal ball, what use is all of that? Somebody messed up.

    As for who else could have gone, I agree with Phil that a pitcher like Estrada, as awful as he looked last year, had shown he had at least 1-2 legit MLB caliber pitches, it was just a matter of finding them again. He was pre arb young power arm. Whereas let’s say Madrigal was entering year 2 of 4 arb years. He’d proven to be a defense first backup infielder incapable of playing SS. You want to talk dime a dozen, THAT is dime a dozen. THAT is a NRI. I can squint and see the argument to not lose Wisdom’s power as a bench bat. Or even Boner as a utility guy who can play OF and handle an emergency SS run, who also hits left handed and has options. But choosing Madrigal over an arm like Estrada was a poor decision, even at the time.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Ok, so it’s the end of 2023 and going into the postseason. Cuas, Alzolay, Leiter, and Merriwether all had respectable seasons last year.

    So among Killian, Wesneski, Estrada, Palencia, Brown, Horn, Rodriguez, Little, Hughes, Wicks, all of whom had huge potential but huge questions heading into 2024, 1) How are you going to protect all of them? 2) If you can’t, who do you protect?

    How many times was the phrase “good problem to have” tossed around?

    If it had been Palencia going to another team and hitting a May hot streak, which could just as easily have happened, would we not be having the identical conversation?

    Brown just pitched seven no hit innings yesterday. Does Jed get any credit for keeping him around? Does he get credit for ditching Horn and getting something with very decent upside, Thompson, in return? How about picking up Miller, who has been stellar so far? Does he get the blame for Meriwether, and Killian, who burned up the spring, getting hurt? And is there a single organization out there that can’t say they wish they had a reliever or two they had recently back?

    There is very definitely a “lottery” aspect to relief pitching. In the last couple of years the Cubs largely won the lottery and spun much of that good fortune into prospect gold. This year others have won and the Cubs for the most part appear to be holding the short stick. So are we really going to have the neck of the GM who took this team from the utter doldrums to the brink of contention and a number three rated system over the course of a couple of years?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Except Jed Hoyer does in fact have a crystal ball and it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The equipment and programs acquired by the Cubs are not just used in player development. They are also used in self-evaluation (self-scouting). With the information available these mistakes should not be happening. The mistakes also include the Cubs post-2023 November 40-man roster strategy that values guys like Madrigal, Mastrobuoni, and Hendricks over younger talent with more upside. 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Quick reminder that during much of the offseason the question marks were at third base, first base and centerfield. While the organization was stacked with outfield prospects, Mervis was coming off a solid season in AAA and was being considered a serious candidate for first base. There simply wasn’t room at the inn for everyone. There was clearly a place for Perlaza somewhere but he simply didn’t possess the complete toolset that some of the other Cub outfield prospects do. For myself, I’ve always had a soft spot for Darius Hill. Unfortunately, he’s another odd man out in a stacked system.

    And hindsight is always 20/20. For example, Estrada always had potential but was totally erratic in 2023. Cuas had a much lower ceiling but he was a steady presence in a relief corp with many question marks. Sure, it seems like a silly decision now, but Jed doesn’t have the benefit of a crystal ball. Everyone, probably Jed included, hated to see Estrada go, but it wasn’t such a crazy idea at the time. BTW, in terms of Estrada leaving via waivers, does anyone honestly think Jed didn’t try to shop him first? I have to assume no one was willing to to give up anything for him.

    Even given the way the season has gone, I think the only place where Jed solidly and clearly missed the mark that could/should have been foreseen was with Hendricks, as just about everybody on this board recognized at the time. Still, even Hendricks wasn’t a totally illogical move because they had exactly two locks for starting pitching at the time - Steele and Taillon.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The roster mistakes I am talking about occur in November, when decisions are made regarding minor league free-agents, Rule 5 protection, exercising club options, and the tendering of contracts to players on the MLB 40-man roster. The idea should be to maximize long-term control of talented young players (including minor leaguers yet to establish themselves in MLB). 

    Roster slots that can be filled by Spring Training NRI should not be allocated in November to marginal non-prospects expected to fill non-critical positions on the 26-man roster (like back-up catcher, utility infielders, 4th outfielder, and middle relievers) or to older players likely to decline. 

    And as far as self-evaluation (self-scouting) is concerned, the Cubs have invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in proprietary player development and analytical technology and have doubled the player development staff, so they should not be making some of the piss-poor roster decisions in November as they have been making. 

    There are ex-Cub relievers on other MLB clubs who could be in the Cubs bullpen right now and would clearly be upgrades over what's there, but they are someplace else. No excuses. Clearly somebody screwed up.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As long as there isn't a sore thumb / weak link in the group, a six-man rotation is preferable if a club wants to minimize innings for younger starting pitchers and keep veteran guys from wearing down in September. So Imanaga, Steele, Assad, Brown, Taillon, and Wicks would be the six, and that is actually probably one of the best group of starting pitchers in MLB (a lot of clubs couldn't run a decent six-man rotation even if they wanted to).  

    A six-man rotation does require a solid seven-man bullpen with no weak links and a lock-down closer, however, and unfortunately the Cubs bullpen as it is presently constituted (with Hendricks and Smyly in the pen) is one of the worst and least-reliable in MLB. 

    It would definitely help if the 2023 version of Julian Merryweather can come back 100% next month (TBD), but even that is not enough. 

    And Hendricks and Smyly absolutely cannot be in the pen if the Cubs want to compete for a post-season slot. If one or both can be moved as part of a salary offset in a trade (and keep in mind that Hendricks gets "10 / 5 no-trade" rights as of June 26th), that's fine, but otherwise the Cubs will just have to bite the bullet and release them and be prepared to eat some payroll.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    You're only thinking about the 26man roster. Perlaza should've been added to the 40man roster. He then would have three option years.
    No GM is perfect. Theo wasn't. Jed has done some really good things. Pitching has improved wholeheartedly under Jed. 
    RPs like Hudson and Estrada are going to hit and miss. 
    Giving Hendricks 16.5mil can now be stated as a clear miss, and Kyle needs to be moved off the roster. They have to pay him. But the Bullpen spot needs to go to someone else. Kyle isn't a bullpen guy. But he's not a SP anymore either. 2016 Nostalgia doesn't win.
    Perlaza got more money in the KBO than he'd have gotten on the 40man, but Jed had the choice to give him a shot anyway. Mervis would probably do really well in the KBO also. But having watched Perlaza's bat speed for three years, I think he was better than Mervis.
    And Phil made a good point about giving Happ an extension (after having not traded him at the TDL in 2022 along with not trading Willy) when you're real prospect depth was in the OF. Happ is a really good 7th hitter on a good team. 17 HRs and 70 RBIs with good LF defense. That's Ben Zobrist like #'s. The issue is we have a lot of those kind of guys already. We needed a bomber some where in the lineup and LF, RF, 3B, 1B and DH usually provide those bombs.
    Seiya is good when healthy. He's gotten hurt every year, but he's a 20HR 80RBI guy when healthy. He just hasn't been healthy for a year to provide those #'s.
    Happ isn't a bomber.
    Morel is getting his chance to work out 3B. I'm glad Jed has kept him.
    1B? Hopefully Busch becomes 20HRs and 80 RBIs.
    DH? There's our biggest issue. We don't have a guy who can bop there. Just a real hitter. Mervis missed it. That's why Perlaza leaving without a 40man chance burns me.