Category: Rule 5 Draft

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 »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 18

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues – Week 18
AUTHOR’S NOTE: For the first time in ten years of covering winter baseball, it appears a Cubs prospect will not be involved in either the playoffs or the Caribbean World Series. Further, it appears that any representation that the Cubs had in the Australian Baseball League is now over. It has been the decision of... 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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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 »

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 »

Rule 5 Draft Overview

Rule 5 Draft Overview
Rule 5 Draft Summary MLB Phase, In: None MLB Phase, Out: None There were only 14 players selected in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft this season. The three players (C Jhonny Pereda, RHP Trevor Clifton, RHP Erick Leal) that likely drew the most attention from the Cubs system were not among them. Clifton... Read more »
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Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes
It was a busy day throughout the Majors as tonight was the deadline to protect players eligible for the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Several rebuilding clubs needed to make room for large groups of prospects. But before we get into the details, the Cubs learned they will need to... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer
Congratulations To Boston and Their Fans First of all, a tip of the baseball cap to the 2018 Boston Red Sox on their World Series Championship. This was a juggernaut club with a valid argument to be considered among the greatest in baseball history. Few clubs achieve a 108-win season, and even among those that do,... Read more »
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Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers

Rule 5 Draft Recap: Cubs lose Pedro Araujo in MLB portion along with 3 Minor Leaguers
For the Cubs it could have been worse. It also could have been better. Yes, every once in a while your club hits on a Hector Rondon, or loses a Marwin Gonzalez, but in the end the Rule 5 Draft rarely has a significant impact on the fortunes of a club. For the players involved... Read more »