Category: Roster decisions

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape
It appears the Cubs four full-season affiliates will enter the season at near-full health, just as the big club did. The organization has enough healthy depth that the they were able to release ten players and trade another last week, yet have not gone outside the organization to bring in additional help, save the signing of veteran utility man Chris Coghlan.... Read more »

Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal

Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal
Remember when the Cubs, Rangers and Phillies shuffled David Rollins between their organizations several times in November-December of 2016, all in an effort to stash the lefty reliever in AAA? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, because it was the offseason, and it… well it involved David Rollins, an obscure LOOGY. But it happened,... Read more »

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer
I’m mildly surprised. Caratini makes MLB team over Gimenez. — Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 24, 2018 Joe Maddon and the front office has decided to make the decision of bat over defense in terms of catcher. The path may have been cleared from Yu Darvish’s stated preference of Willson Contreras at the outset, but it... Read more »
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Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update
The Cubs sent nine players to the Minors on Tuesday, leaving 40 players remaining in Major League camp, including ten Non-Roster Invites: Pitchers: Anthony Bass, Justin Hancock, Kyle Ryan Catchers: Taylor Davis, Chris Gimenez, Ali Solis  Infielders: Ryan Court, Mike Freeman, Efren Navarro Outfielders: Peter Bourjos Chris Gimenez (.280/.357/.400 in 28 PA this spring) is all but assured a 40-man roster slot and the backup catcher... Read more »

The Now and the Near Future

The Now and the Near Future
For over a hundred years the next season always held some allure because the current one rarely did. There was only an occasional pennant race to hold our attention, and so there was always Next Year, floating just out of reach. Tempting us to look ahead, to dream about the potential World Series glory to come.... Read more »

Monty and Yu

Monty and Yu
Theo says Mike Montgomery will be considered the 6th starter this spring. That doesn't mean they'll go with 6-man rotation #Cubs — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 13, 2018 The Cubs have another possibility that cuts against the grain of baseball thinking today. The Cubs could employ a six man rotation, and it is clear that... Read more »
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The Last Puzzle Piece(s?)

The Last Puzzle Piece(s?)
One of John’s metaphors has been in my head a lot recently. He frequently stated that the optimal roster building strategy was no like assembling a jigsaw puzzle as he did in this piece, this one, another one, and this last one as well. John, like Ben Wyatt, preferred to play Settlers of Catan. The... Read more »

The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Position Players

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Position Players
Outfielders Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Albert Almora, Jason Heyward, Leonys Martin This is where I would expect to see some juggling this offseason. First off, Leonys Martin is all but assured of being dropped from the 40 man roster. He would be guaranteed far too much money compared to his worth. I do expect that... Read more »
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40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers

40 man roster outlook and organizational depth for 2018 - The Pitchers
Starting Pitchers Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Jose Quintana ??? (FA or Trade) ??? (FA or Trade) Swing: Mike Montgomery Three of the five slots are set in stone and the Cubs still possess valuable swing man Mike Montgomery to act as the 6th starter throughout the season. The expected free agent losses of Jake Arrieta... Read more »