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Roster decisions for Rule 5 Draft deadline due today

Roster decisions for Rule 5 Draft deadline due today
In some years the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from selection in the Rule 5 Draft causes a flurry of moves and plenty of concern from fans regarding the club’s decisions. This will not be one of those years. At this moment the Cubs have six open slots... Read more »

News and Notes before the Cubs season opens tonight

News and Notes before the Cubs season opens tonight
I was planning to release a season preview this morning, but there was some news and notes from last night that bear mentioning first. League and Player Union agree to expanded playoffs Crazy things can happen in a 60-game season. For instance, at the 60-game mark last season the Washington Nationals were several games under .500... Read more »

Cubs set Opening Day 30-man roster

Cubs set Opening Day 30-man roster
40-Man Roster Moves Added to 40-Man: LHRP Rex Brothers, C Josh Phegley DFA: UT Robel Garcia To 45-Day IL: UT Daniel Descalso Opted Out of Playing in 2020: OF Mark Zagunis The Robel Garcia story was a lot of fun while it lasted. I’m unclear at this writing if Garcia has actually cleared waivers or... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Cubs add four players to 40-man roster

Cubs add four players to 40-man roster
I’m not going to go into too much depth regarding the decisions to add Miguel Amaya, Tyson Miller and Zack Short to the 40-man roster yesterday. I covered the reasoning behind each in my preview of the Rule 5 deadline. In summary, Amaya is one of the Cubs top prospects, Miller is a near MLB-ready... Read more »
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Cubs Complete Furious Deadline Landing Castellanos and Wieck

Cubs Complete Furious Deadline Landing Castellanos and Wieck
The trade deadline came and went with the Cubs only adding Tony Kemp to the beleaguered second place club. After about twenty minutes news rolled in that the Cubs completed three separate deals right at the wire. Cubs OF prospect Jimmy Herron was dealt for international bonus money. The Cubs had spent virtually all of... Read more »

Paper Clip Trade Results in Utility Player Tony Kemp's Arrival

Paper Clip Trade Results in Utility Player Tony Kemp's Arrival
In June 2011, Jim Hendry was finally given a real budget to spend on the June amateur draft. The farm system was barren despite the team missing the postseason the previous two seasons. The Cubs selected Javier Báez first in a franchise altering pick, but with a fair amount of fanfare added beefy Daniel Vogelbach... Read more »

Cubs Pluck Phelps from Jays

Cubs Pluck Phelps from Jays
The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves ahead of the series starting in St. Louis tonight. It began with Pedro Strop finally being placed on the IL. Duane Underwood is getting the call tonight to give Maddon the requisite number of arms for the game, but it very likely will be a very short... Read more »
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Cubs International Free Agency Thread

I don’t have time to do a full write up on these players today, and I don’t have any inside knowledge on 16-year olds I’ve never seen play anyway, but I thought I could at least keep updating a post here with the Twitter thread I created this morning to track the Cubs signings. MLB... Read more »