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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

S***

''His arm action's good; he's throwing free and easy...He's not close to throwing off a mound yet. There's some issues there, no question.''

No, not a reprint of a 2005 article or 2004 article or 2006 article, but rather Larry Rotschild talking about Rich Harden at the Cubs Convention on Saturday. Don't worry though, the Cubs have the spin ready.

 Cubs insiders say Harden is right on schedule toward a strong, on-time and well-conditioned start to spring training and the season.

Of course they believe that...but what about this?

But sources also confirmed Saturday that Harden has a tear in the joint, just severe enough that some players might seek surgery but slight enough to be in a range often treated effectively with a strengthening program, therapy and a well- managed work schedule.

A tear you say, never had any problems with one of those.

That's more than the Cubs let on last fall, even after the revelation that Harden had a cortisone shot for ''rotator tendinitis.''

But Harden has been working six days a week this offseason on a program that might be the most rigorous of any Cub -- and the first of his career to focus this strongly on his shoulder, team officials say. In fact, the team estimates his shoulder is stronger now than it was when he joined the team in July and started piling up 97 mph scoreless innings.

Other things the Cubs have estimated over the years: Sosa would never become a problem with the team and will be beloved by all fans, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior would pitch full seasons in 2006 and 2005, and that they'd win a World Series sometime within the last 100 years.

''I'm on a set program, and I'm not behind at all,'' Harden said. ''I'm right on schedule and feeling great. I'll be ready for the start of the season for sure. There's no doubt in my mind. Nobody has any doubts whether I'll be ready or not. I will.''

If anything, that might have been the confusion with Rothschild's comments -- that Harden isn't ready to throw from a mound by design. He's on a deliberate throwing program to ease him up to pitching condition by the end of an extra-long 2009 spring training.

They tried that shit with Mark Prior.

it didn't work.

Anyone have Kevin Towers phone number?


Dr. Hecht's medical take is below.

 

Comments

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In reply to by Rob G.

On Saturday, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Wood's agents wanted a three-year deal and significant salary. Hendry said Wood was on the disabled list for 62 percent of the Cubs games over the last four years and that last season's blister problem "was one of the strangest injuries of all time."

Hendry said he didn't feel the length of contract that Wood's agents were seeking was fair to the team and disputed Wood's contention that he would've stayed for a one-year deal.

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In reply to by John Beasley

I suggested Rich Hill, Felix Pie and a few other parts for Johan last offseason and being laughed at that it was too much. At the time, it would have been a better package than they got from the Mets. Who's laughing now? Who's laughing now?

I kid...but yeah, I look forward to our new minor league scrubs from these deals.

 

Rich Hill to Baltimore for one of Andy's old red sweater-vests?

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In reply to by Cubster

I'm not sure anybody currently in the organization can squeeze into McPhail's size. Not Hendry, not Lou, not Randy Bush. Maybe Oneri? Tim Wilken? An early Valentine's Day gift from Jimbo?

this is TCR...what's with all the fuckin' ***'s

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In reply to by Rob G.

Those of us who keep the TCR RSS feed active at work thank you. That fucking injury to fucking Harden has me fucking pissed btw.

Rosenthal reporting Cubs traded Felix Pie to Baltimore for Garret Olson...

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In reply to by Sweet Lou

Sucks. I guess Jim and Lou really think Gathright will be better. I'm not so sure. At least we got something of value for him though, which wouldn't have happened had we waited till March.

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In reply to by Sweet Lou

This is like a two years younger Rich Hill, no? Let's see what Jimbo gets for Rich Hill and Cedeno. Anyone else think they should hang onto Cedeno or try to get a utility infielder back in one of the deals? Who's behind Miles at SS? What happens if we lose a middle infielder to injury? Andres Blanco? Honestly, though, how many outfielders does the team need? Soriano, Fukudome, Bradley, Johnson, Hoffpauir (LF, emergency RF), and Fuld in AAA, plus this Brad Snyder dude. Joey Gathright really needs to be on the 40 man roster? Doesn't Fuld bring the same skill set, except mostly better?

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In reply to by Charlie

What can the Cubs possibly get for Hill? He's working on a full big league season and one winter league stint of almost complete control of any pitch. Going back through his entire minor league career he's had to be "motivated" at various points to regain his control, and while up until 2007 it looked like he was headed in the right direction, what team is going to trade for him with an eye toward putting him on the 40-man? The only thing that's going to provide him with another opportunity from anyone is that he's left handed. The Cubs will be lucky to get a single A player in return.

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In reply to by OakLawnGuy

If that's the case, why not carry Hill as the second lefty in the pen and send Olson to Iowa to rack up some innings? You don't have to use the second lefty much unless he's effective, and you can always give Hill away later, or release him. Hill's really only ever had the two pitches anyway--maybe he'd make a good loogy. If it turns out he's injured, they can put him on the DL and not lose him that way. If you can't get anything of value for him, then any of these options make more sense, I think. Why sell so low when it doesn't take all that much creativity to buy time? Sure, Hill could lose more value through continued struggles, but what do you really lose in that case as opposed to now? A nondescript A-ball player?

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In reply to by Charlie

Because he can't find the plate.....? Remember his starts with the Cubs last year. In the last 2 I believe Lou couldn't finagle him past the 2nd inning. How can he pitch either long or short when he can't throw strikes? A guy with the yips really has no value. The only value that Hill has at this point is to a team that would have the patience and time to try to work his kinks out. The Cubs have neither, and I don't think any other contender is going to take any kind of flyer on him for more than a fringe prospect.

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In reply to by OakLawnGuy

I'm pretty sure the Pirates have room for someone like him.

See ya later Pie, one of the most over-rated prospects in recent years. Learn how to hit a curveball and call me.

Other rumors have the Cubs taking a look at Kris Benson (while I take another look at Anna Benson) and the Orioles are supposedly not going to extend Brian Roberts, but are also likely not going to trade him. I don't want to get the whole Brian Roberts rumor mill stirred up again (or maybe I do), but why wouldn't the Orioles want to trade Brian Roberts. Unless they choose to decide the AL East by listing the teams alphabetically, Baltimore will not be contending for a division title or wildcard birth. That is pretty much a foregone conclusion (isn't it?). So why not trade Roberts for some prospects that will help the Orioles in the future. Baltimore can finish 4th or 5th in the division either with Roberts or without him.

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In reply to by Sweet Lou

Had to google Anna Benson...too bad Moderate Safe Search is on at school, or i could only imagine.

also, the cubs get another player in the Pie deal... The Cubs have reached agreement with the Orioles on a deal that will send Pie to Baltimore for left-hander Garrett Olson and Class A right-hander Henry Williamson, according to major-league sources. article speculates that Olson will be 2nd lefty (after Cotts) in the pen, freeing up Marshall for the 5th starter position. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9097924/Sources:-Cubs-trade-CF-Pie-t…

Cubs should start worrying about starting pitching for this season. You can't count on Harden. So that leaves you Dempster,Lilly and half blind and sore shoulder Z. No wonder Hendry was trying to deal for Peavey.

is there any truth behind that comment about olson being flipped in the peavy package?

When rich harden comes off the DL it will be like making a trade!

I thought at the time of the trade there was an article somewhere about the A's training staff re working Harden's workout to get him away from throwing off the mound, because he was a power pitcher it wasnt as vital as it it would for a finese pitcher.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    braves DFA wendle. that didn't last long.

  • George Altman (view)

    I agree, Phil. And this 40-man Roster management points squarely at Hoyer. He needs to go.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I will say the Cubs were smart enough to draft Estrada, sign him away from UCLA, and develop him into a big league pitcher, but the decision to DFA him was the problem. (Estrada was not out of options and he was not injured). 

    In general, when in doubt, an organization should roster a pitching prospect over a comparable position player prospect, and a club ESPECIALLY should not DFA a healthy pitcher with upside who is not out of minor league options (like Estrada) and tender a marginal back-up position player like Madrigal instead. (Someone like Madrigal is always easily replaceable by a waiver claim, or by signing a released player like a Joey Wendle). It is also disappointing to see the Brewers bullpen headed by two ex-Cubs (Trevor Megill and Bryan Hudson). 

    So while the Cubs might be able to identify and sign quality young arms with upside, they just don't know how to manage the MLB 40-man roster such that they can retain as many of them as possible for as long as possible (because not all young pitchers develop as quickly as a club might like). 

    I wouldn't put it so much on scouting or player development as on incompetent MLB 40-man roster management. That's where the problem really lies (and that includes exercising the Hendricks club option for any reason other than to trade him after they signed Imanaga, or signing Happ to a contract extension - WITH A FULL NTC!!!??? - when the organization is loaded with outfield prospects). 

  • George Altman (view)

    Phil,

    I see waiver mover lIke this, option pickups like Hendricks, and roster filler like Madrigal/Mastrobouni and I really question Jed and his scouting, player development staff, and job acumen.

  • crunch (view)

    that loss suuuuucked.  bats dead for most of the game.  happ with a couple homers was nice to see, though.

  • crunch (view)

    morel error on the next batter, speaking of mid-season form.

    if he can't find a home at 3rd he might get traded somewhere he can play 2nd in peace.  i dunno how much longer they can go with a black hole at 3rd...the arm is there and decently improved over last year, the glove isn't there.

    madrigal isn't the answer.  it's looking like bj murray isn't a possible answer.  nothing is on the horizon unless matt shaw's bat comes alive and even then it's not ideal at this point in his young career.

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back drew smyly...walks the first batter he sees.

    if he can give up a homer or 2 he's in mid-season form for his return.

  • crunch (view)

    well, this time his 2 run homer was only in the lower deck.

    woo, improvement.

    this is assad's first game with more than 2 earned runs in 2024.

  • crunch (view)

    goldschmidt puts it in the 3rd deck in about 0.0001 seconds.  far, high, and quick as hell.

  • crunch (view)

    current field conditions around 6:30pm central (7:30 eastern)

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