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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 six players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, seven players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 5-18-2024

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

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

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

 





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TCR Monday Notes

I was suppose to post this Friday night, but life got in the way the rest of the weekend...

- Arizona Phil does what only he can do...an amazing retrospective on how the 1969 Cubs were built and his memories of the season.

- Ryan Theriot is losing fans in the Cubs organization apparently by sticking to his $3.4M demands. Bruce Miles on the radio and Bruce Levine both saying that an arbitration hearing looks inevitable. It would be the first arbitration hearing in 17 years between the Cubs and a player (Mark Grace).

- Orlando Cabrera signs with the Reds on a 3 million deal for one year with a $1M buyout on a $3M mutual option in 2011.  They then acquired Aaron Miles from the A's for Wily Taveras and Adam Rosales. As long as they don't land Johny Damon...

(Interesting twist to this story, A's DFA Taveras immediately. Also, the A's are sending a PTBNL to the Reds as part of the deal).

- Reed Johnson was offered $800K by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

- Wezen Ball relates some interesting press quotes when Andre Dawson signed with the Cubs in 1987. There's been a bit of myth perpetuated that  Dawson was dead set to play for the Cubs at any cost. But what really happened was that he was a victim of collusion by the owners and the blank check story was a desperate plea to find a team for '87.  To his credit though, he was a man of his word and certainly didn't sulk over the low-ball contract offer.

"I didn't think they'd make an offer, because I thought they didn't want to be the first ones to sign a free agent," Dawson said yesterday. "But since they did, I'm man enough to stick by it.

I know I'll miss Montreal . . . but you gotta do what you gotta do. I don't want to say a move was overdue, but with the problems I had the last couple years . . . I had the same salary the last six years, and then they offer me a pay cut . . .

It got so that towards the end of the season some of my own teammates told me it would be best that I make a change."

- An interview with an author of a book on how the Cubs may have thrown the 1918 World Series.

- The Xavier Nady deal was made official Friday. The Cubs will be cautious with Nady in March and April though and he probably won't see much time in the field to start the season, much like Tyler Colvin did at the beginning of last season after his Tommy John surgery. I do wonder what that will do to the bench since it means Fukudome won't have a platoon partner. They could possibly put Baker out there, but that means either Fontenot plays against a lefty or Blanco. They could also carry an extra bat at least for the first two weeks as a 5th starter isn't due until April 18th.

Dr. Hecht has some good info on Nady's surgery and expected recovery in the comments.

- Jayson Stark says the Cubs prefer to sign a reliever such as Chan Ho Park or Kiki Calero, otherwise a trade with the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor or Scott Downs is a possibility.

- Jerry Crasnick tweets that Jermaine Dye essentially turned down the offer that Xavier Nady accepted.

- Today in Get off my Lawn with your Baseball Stats Articles.

Comments

Sunday, April 18, vs. Houston is when we'll need the fifth starter.

Reds-"As long as they don't land Johny Damon..." They could land Pujlos, ain't going to matter.

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In reply to by jacos

They could land Pujlos, ain't going to matter.
I agree Pujlos is probably not a good player, Albert Pujols though would make them the favorite in the Central, especially if he wasn't on the Cardinals anymore.

medical staff was incompetent back in the day http://baseballmusings.com/?p=46254
According to JJ Putz, the Mets did not give him a proper psychical before they acquired him in a trade, then told him not to talk about his bone spur to the press.
throw in Beltran, Johan, Delgado, Reyes and so on...

The article on defensive metrics was pretty good. It would have been better if his shining examples of how to do it right weren't also organizations that value OBP and defense... I do think that by stacking these defensive improvements next to eachother (CF-LF and 3B-SS) the sum is going to be less than the totals of the parts for the Sox.

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In reply to by Rob G.

It certainly attempts to address some of the concerns. I would actually like to see fielding preference worked in there, somehow. Since the corner guys get and pitchers shot at the ball before the Middle infielders it seems like that should be incorporated into any model. I'll have to encourage them to look at it over there.

If this goes to arbitration, Theriot will lose $$ as well as fans. I like Theriot in that he plays hard and gives all he's got. I just don't see him as being worth $3.4 million. I hope both sides will come to an agreement for something under $3 mil. If not, I like the Cubs chances in this one.

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In reply to by navigator

he's gonna be wasting a lot of time arguing anything about Phil Rizzuto...
These hearing are a high/low affair. Each side will have an hour to argue their side, and 30 minutes to rebut what the other side has to say. However there are a few rules guiding what kind of argument can be made. These include: • The Players contribution to the team in terms of leadership as well as performance • The Club’s record and its attendance • Any of the players special accomplishments IE Golden Gloves, All Star appearance • The salaries of comparable players in the players service class, and of players with less than five years of service, and the salaries of the players from one class in front of the player The sides cannot reference other offers already made, salaries of players in a different sport, team finances, or statements from the press. After the arguments are heard the panel gives the player a one year non-guaranteed contract at either the high figure or the low. If that player is cut within 16 days of the season opener he is entitled to just 30 days termination pay. If he is cut during spring training, but after 16 days before the season opener he is entitled to 45 days termination pay.
http://www.examiner.com/x-2566-Sports-Business-Examiner~y2010m1d20-Spor…

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In reply to by navigator

as AZ Phil pointed out, Stephen Drew just got $3.4M from the Dbacks, he'll need to argue that he's been as good or close to as good than that. Theriot has more hits, runs scored, OBP, BA and stolen bases then Drew in similar number of PA's, but lower OPS, OPS+, home runs, rbi's, and xbh's. Assuming they won't get into anything too advanced, they have the same fielding percentage. If Theriot can convince them of UZR, he'll get a boost there. Theriot actually has a decent case. Drew has 5.7 career wins by WAR, Theriot 9.3 (or 6.5 WARP1 to 9.0 WARP1)

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In reply to by Rob G.

Interesting. Also, this: "The Players contribution to the team in terms of leadership as well as performance" I had no idea about that clause. How do you quantify leadership in specific dollars and cents? Does scrappiness count?

A's DFA Taveras right after making trade. be pretty amusing if Reds then DFA Aaron Miles... they also DFA'd Dana Eveland to make room for signing Gabe Gross.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I like Dana Eveland. His big league numbers are pretty awful, but he's still just a 26 year old lefty with some good stuff. Had some injury issues throughout his AA and AAA years. I don't think this team has the space to let another youngster figure it out, but somebody just might get him for a steal.

any interest as a 5th outfielder? nothing more than defense and speed, but that's one more thing than Gathright had going for him.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

your other options are Sam Fuld or Tyler Colvin... since the 5th outfielder isn't the place to try and develop someone, I don't think Colvin is really a good option. I would take Fuld over Taveras myself but was wondering what others thought.

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In reply to by Charlie

I'd probably prefer Taveras. I don't have any faith that Fuld can stay healthy and Taveras is a better defender and probably a better base stealer, and can get hits out of sac bunts if his legs are right. Tevaras is a month younger than Fuld, too.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Costs being equal, Taveras just seems like a better fit for the team and the role. But he'll probably be looking for at least a 4th OF job, though I guess there aren't many of those left now.

Have read 'The Original Curse' based on the premise that the 1918 WS was crooked. It's well-written & makes a good circumstantial case that the Cubs were screwed long before the billy goat was booted from WF. It would make a good read between now & the arrival of P's & C's at Phil's place...

Cubs sniffing around Kris Benson, according to the latest rumors from The Pope over at Foxsports.com

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    yeah, pitch framing is another defensive love interest I don't understand.  i mean, it's nice, but it's elevated importance is way overblown (imo) since the data points to a couple calls of a ball/strike a game that's influenced.

    STL's love affair with it involved getting contreras out of the C position for a while last year...which showed no improvement with his C replacements even keeping his bat in the lineup as a DH.  this year it cost STL his great bat for months, if not the whole season, because they moved him closer to the plate to help frame better.

    you know what's undervalued now for catcher?  stolen bases.  the pizza boxes on the field have people running.  both gunning down runners and being able to do so should be a bit more important.  contreras had a good 33% CS rate, but more importantly his arm and ability only had 9 attempts to steal on him in 20 games (6sb 3cs).  i would say this is much more important than gaming 2-ish ball/strike calls your way per game.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Somewhat OT: I used to be staunchly against robo balls and strikes. I’m growing more and more in favor of it. When I pitched in high school I always tried to extend the outside corner but watching at mlb level, I’m just tired of watching crappy hitting catchers stay in the big leagues too long because they’re good pitch framers. The two Cubs catchers can’t hit, can’t throw, but they’re good pitch framers and the pitchers like them. We sadly are now stuck with DH in both leagues (a travesty), so since we’re going all in on offense, get these worthless bum catchers out of baseball.

    If umpires insist on calling balls and strikes, I think it’s insane some of these guys get to do that. They should have two sets of rotating umpires; base umpires and home plate umpires.

  • Charlie (view)

    Sorry for the Mark Prior tag. I'm posting from mobile and it's not letting me remove it. I feel haunted. 

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Agree with you on defensive WAR.  I would say defense and baserunning was previously undervalued. I appreciate that the WAR stat tries to better account for the impact of defense and baserunning but personally feel like they may have over-corrected a bit.  

     

    Also would be really happy if PCA just stays in Iowa until September call ups.  I tend to forget he was a high school draftee that lost time to both covid and a serious injury.  Hasn't had many post high school at bats. I think some steady playing time in AAA is long term what's best for both him and the Cubs.  

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Got it, thanks Phil!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if the Cubs were to sign Joey Wendle and then release him sometime later in the season, the Cubs are still on the hook for the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary they would have had to pay if he had remained with the Cubs until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he subsequently signs with another club, in which case that club pays the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary beginning when that club signs him.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    This raises another question in my mind… let’s say the Cubs sign Wendle. The Mets pay all but the minimum salary prorated. If the Cubs cut Wendle before the season ends, are they still on the hook for that minimum prorated salary, or does the full deal revert to the Mets? And a step further, if the Cubs cut him, and then another team signs him after that, what happens salary wise?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.