The Cubs have selected the contracts of OF Brennen Davis from AAA Iowa, RHP Ben Brown and RHP Ryan Jensen from AA Tennessee, and OF Kevin Alcantara from Lo-A Myrtle Beach, and they have been added to the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).
In addition to adding four Rule 5 Draft-eligible minor league players to the 40, the Cubs have also acquired INF-OF Miles Mastrobuoni from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league RHP Alfredo Zarraga.
By adding the four minor leaguers to the MLB 40-man roster and acquiring Mastrobuoni in a trade, there are now 39 players assigned to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is open).
MLB contract tender day is this coming Friday (11/18), so additional players may be dropped from the 40 at that time by way of a non-tender.
The Cubs have sent INF Esteban Quiroz and INF-OF Jared Young outright to AAA Iowa. They do not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted. Both will be available for selection in the Rule 5 Draft next month.
Since they were not claimed off waivers for $50,000, it is almost a certainty that Quiroz and Young will not get claimed in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $100,000 (plus inconvenient roster restrictions), but if left off the AAA Iowa roster when minor league reserve lists are filed with the MLB Commissioner next Tuesday, they would be good candidates to get selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $24,000 with no roster restrictions. So there is a possibility that even though they were outrighted off the MLB 40-man roster, Young (fairly likely) and Quiroz (somewhat less likely but still possible) will be assigned to the AAA Iowa reserve list next Tuesday so that they will only be available for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft ($100,000 draft price plus roster restrictions)
In February 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed 19-year old OF Roberto Clemente out of Puerto Rico and gave him a $10,000 bonus.
The Cubs also lost 1B Justin Bour (to Miami), OF Julio Borbon (to Baltimore), and RHP A. J. Morris (to Pittsburgh) off the AA Tennessee roster in the AAA Phase. Once selected, players chosen in the AAA or AA Phase cannot be re-claimed.
The Cubs did not make any selections in the Major League Phase of today's draft, but they did select left-handed hitting catcher Charlie Cutler from the Pittsburgh Pirates AA Altoona roster in the AAA Phase. Cutler was a college teammate of Cubs OF Brett Jackson at Cal.
11/20 UPDATE: The Cubs have selected the contracts of INF Arismendy Alcantara and RHP Dallas Beeler from AA Tennessee and both have been added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. Alcantara was rated the Cubs #7 prospect by Baseball America last week, and Beeler likely earned his spot on the 40 with a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League after missing much of the 2013 season with a finger injury.
Because they were eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft and were added to an MLB 40-man roster after August 15th, both Alcantara and Beeler have Draft Excluded status and cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, even if the Cubs decide they need one of the two roster slots sometime later during the off-season.
With the addition of Alcantara and Beeler, the Cubs MLB Reserve List now numbers 39 players (one slot is open).
Notable Cubs minor leaguers who will be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft include OF Jae-Hoon Ha, RHP Matt Loosen, LHP Eric Jokisch, and 2B Gioskar Amaya.
Here is the updated list of Cubs minor leaguers (including Rule 55 6YFA and "second-contract" players) who were declared free-agents by MLB yesterday at 5 PM (Eastern), and the updated December 2013 Rule 5 Draft eligiblility list (including Rule 55 eligibles who have signed 2014 minor league successor contracts and "second-contract" players signed for 2014 who are eligible for selection):
This is the time of the year when MLB clubs begin to rearrange the deck-chairs, as contenders look to solidify their post-season rosters with a last minute waiver deal or two prior to the August 31st post-season roster eligibility deadline, and clubs that are out of contention bring up players from the minors to get a look at guys who might (or might not) have a future with the club.
Cubs possible September call-ups and roster additions:
For those of you who might be looking ahead a bit, here are the Cubs minor leaguers who are eligible to be free-agents post-2013, and the Cubs minor leaguers who are eligible for selection in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft.
The 2012 MLB Rule 5 Selection Meeting (AKA "Rule 5 Draft") will be held tomorrow morning in Nashville.
Ryan Dempster allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings of work (72 pitches - 50 strikes, 5/8 GO/FO, 3 K), but the Texas Rangers rallied for two in the 8th off Lendy Castillo and two more in the 9th off Alberto Cabrera (two-run HR by 23-year old Cuban defector Leonys Martin) to defeat a Cubs split squad 6-2 in Spring Training Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Paterson Field at HoHoKam Park in cool & sunny Mesa, AZ.