Category: Spring Training

Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues

Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues
The Cubs have designated veteran reliever Brian Duensing for assignment. This removes the 36-year old from the 40-man roster, but his $3.5M salary is guaranteed and unlikely to attract interest on the waiver wire, so once he clears the Cubs will have the choice of sending him to Iowa or granting him his release. Given... Read more »

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus
Darvish, Cishek and Strop eying Rangers series Yu Darvish will throw in a Minor League game on Sunday in order to stay on track for his first regular season start Pedro Strop is on schedule for a final spring tune up early in the week and if all goes well, he should begin the year... Read more »

Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates

Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates
While Tyler Chatwood has done enough to secure his roster spot this spring, especially in light of his large contract, the same can’t be said for Brian Duensing. His 2018 struggles have carried over and I believe his roster spot is in serious doubt, despite the fact that the lefty signed to give him the... Read more »
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Spring Training Notes on MLB Opening Day

Spring Training Notes on MLB Opening Day
Good Morning! While all of us sane folks were sleeping the regular season kicked off with the Mariners edging out the A’s 9-7 over in Japan. Former Milwaukee outfielder Domingo Santana hit the first home run of the year. The game also featured a touching moment for Ichiro: All love for Ichiro! #MLB開幕戦 pic.twitter.com/tgiZDggKtz —... Read more »

Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade

Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade
Amidst the first round of cuts from Major League camp, the Cubs also made a surprising trade, re-acquiring former 2nd round pick Donnie Dewees from the Royals in exchange for 2015 8th round pick Stephen Ridings. Now 25, Dewees has spent the past two years in the Royals system at AA and AAA after the... Read more »

Spring Training Notes 3/8

Spring Training Notes 3/8
AZ Phil, staying on top of all the pertinent contract details as usual, brought up a couple of topics in the comment section of TCR that are worth highlighting. Next Wednesday (3/13) is the deadline to release a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract in order to minimize their termination pay. He brings up Xavier Cedeno, and... Read more »
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Spring Training news and notes 3/6

Spring Training news and notes 3/6
Major League Baseball has finished hammering out a new transfer agreement with the Mexican League (Liga Mexicana de Beisbol). Here is the full statement: What this boils down to is in previous years, Liga clubs would often take as much as 75% of a player’s signing bonus from MLB in order to release their players... Read more »

Jon Lester is the Cubs Opening Day starter, and other Spring Training notes

Jon Lester is the Cubs Opening Day starter, and other Spring Training notes
Now that I’ve wrapped up the prospect series for the time being, and Spring Training games are in full swing, let’s see if I can get into a groove of providing some updates regarding the Major League club on a regular basis. First up, we’ve confirmation of what we all surely anticipated: Jon Lester will be the... Read more »

Countdown to Spring Training

Countdown to Spring Training
We’re down to 1.   Pitchers and Catchers officially report tomorrow.   Spring is coming.
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Cubs announce non-roster invites to Major League camp

Cubs announce non-roster invites to Major League camp
There were no surprise additions or omissions on the list of non-roster players invited big league camp for the Cubs announced today. The 40-man roster currently sits at 39, with the deal for reliever Brad Brach still pending, which would bring the roster to capacity. Since the contract agreement was announced approximately two weeks ago,... Read more »