Category: Roster decisions

Cubs announce 50 (of possible 60) players to restart season

Cubs announce 50 (of possible 60) players to restart season
Chicago (39) SP (5): Darvish, Lester, Hendricks, Quintana, Chatwood RHRP (13): Kimbrel, Jeffress, Wick, Sadler, Mills, Megill, Underwood Jr., Winkler, Tepera, Cotton, Maples, Rea, Norwood LHRP (4): Ryan, Wieck, Brothers, Hultzen C (4): Contreras, Caratini, Phegley, Higgins IF (7): Rizzo, Hoerner, Bryant, Baez, Bote, Descalso, Kipnis OF (6): Schwarber, Happ, Heyward, Souza Jr., Almora Jr.,... Read more »

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?
With MLB implementing a 60-game schedule set to kick off in late July, and the MLBPA signing off on a July 1st report start date for a three week ramp up for training, lets assume all of the health and safety protocols will be met and break down which 60 players the Cubs could bring... Read more »

Plenty of action for Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft

Plenty of action for Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
The Cubs were active in both phases of the Rule 5 Draft held this morning. They added one and lost two players in the MLB portion, before adding four while losing another two in the Minor League portion. No team had more players involved across the league. MLB Phase Add RHP Trevor Megill One of... Read more »
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Paring to (and Through?) the Core... the Conclusion

“When my fist clenches, crack it open.Before I use it and lose my cool.When I smile, tell me some bad news.Before I laugh and act like a fool.” Let’s try this again… I was attempting to carry my previous article into the various trade scenarios being bantered about in the media. Click-bait articles abound, with... Read more »

A look at the Cubs current outfield depth

A look at the Cubs current outfield depth
Incumbents Kyle Schwarber Jason Heyward Let me start off by saying I believe Kyle Schwarber’s second half breakout is real. He provides balance for the lineup as a second left-handed power source beyond Anthony Rizzo. While his defense remains a sore spot, you can continue to live with it while he produces offensively. The question... Read more »

A look at the Cubs current rotation depth

A look at the Cubs current rotation depth
Incumbents Yu Darvish Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Jose Quintana Tyler Chatwood The Cubs hoped their rotation would prove to be an advantage over their NL Central competition in 2019. It was an experienced group, and an expensive one. They entered the year with 7 experienced starting pitchers on the 25-man roster, including Tyler Chatwood and... Read more »
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Cubs face roster decisions as Rule 5 Draft deadline approaches

Cubs face roster decisions as Rule 5 Draft deadline approaches
It is that time of year again. The deadline to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft by adding them to a club’s 40-man roster falls this Wednesday, so let’s take a look at the decisions the Cubs will be facing this week. Last season the Cubs added just one prospect (Justin Steele) from... Read more »

Surplus Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into 2019 Trade Deadline

Surplus Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into 2019 Trade Deadline
Over the past three years I have had a lot of fun creating an audit of the Cubs system in order to diagnose which prospects, or at least group of prospects, the Cubs would choose to make most available in deadline deals. I have been very happy with the results, even if the timing of... Read more »

Lester to 10-day Injured List

Lester to 10-day Injured List
The Cubs have placed Jon Lester on the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury suffered running the bases after his RBI double on Monday. The team performed an MRI today, but the results, and the severity of the injury have not been reported at this time. In the short run, the Cubs will need to... Read more »
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Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield
As we continue our ongoing delve into the various areas of haves, wants, and needs of our beloved Cubs, I turn my attention to the outfield. I began this series with a look at the bullpen situation because I feel that unit has the most question marks and may receive the most attention, at least... Read more »