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19 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-6-2024
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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

* Owen Caissie  

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2023 Winter Meetings Thread

The 2023 MLB Winter Meetings have kicked off with the Chicago Cubs rumored to be involved in some of the offseason's most desired players. Jed Hoyer et al. have already made the managerial splash of the year, bidding David Ross adieu and welcoming former Brewer Craig Counsell on a big ol' contract, by manager standards. 

The free agent moves of the 2012-2023 offseason generally panned out for the Cubs, with Dansby Swanson solidifying the infield defense and Cody Bellinger rebounding better than anyone could reasonably have expected. Even Jameson Taillon, whose first season as a Cub was clearly a disappointment, improved in the second half. All of this helped the Cubs to a winning record and a mid-season run at a Wild Card spot. 

Now, the Cubs have clear needs on the roster as well as a division without a presumptive favorite. The Reds are ascendant with a ton of young talent, the Cardinals have been forced to completely rebuild their starting rotation, and the Brewers lost a top rotation arm and are rumored to trade another. Pittsburgh fans have April to look back upon fondly and will be eagerly awaiting the first full season of Oneil Cruz while likely still waiting for their opportunity to compete. 

How aggressive will the Cubs be in their pursuit of the division? The next few weeks could tell fans a great deal. The Cubs have been connected to both top free agents who are likely to make their decisions early. Shohei Ohtani is gling to be the first big domino of the free agent market, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto's posting period will close on January 4. Pursuit of the likes of Bellinger, a third baseman, relievers, or potential trades for rotation support, will likely have to wait until these top free agents make their decisions. 

Join us in the comments for commentary and reactions to the early portion of the hot stove. Personally, I'll be hoping for something big to discuss.


astros sign brailyn maquez to a minor league deal.

he was the cubs "next big thing" back in 2020.  great stuff, bad command/control and a wonky shoulder.

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
The Chicago Cubs’ optimism of landing Shohei Ohtani has now significantly waned, one high-ranking executive said, leaving the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants as the likely finalists.

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
Sources: Cubs and Rhys Hoskins’ representatives remain in contact on a possible free-agent deal.

One year and multiyear contract proposals have been discussed. 

"USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Cubs and Rays have discussed Christopher Morel as part of a trade package for Tyler Glasnow."

giving up c.morel for tyler "30 year old with a career high of 120ip" glasnow and his 1/25m contract seems like a shit-tier deal for the cubs.  put curtis mead in the mix and i might be interested, but the cubs would have to come with more than morel for that i'd imagine.

Previous Cub farmhand, Righty Ethan Roberts signs a minor league deal with Cubs and should get an invite/be ready to compete in ST after recovering from June 2022 TJ surgery.

I feel like Bob Nightengale is full of shit.  Everything he says about, at least the Cubs, is crap and later in the day is refuted, by Hoyer or whoever.  In general sports reporters are full of shit.  They always have “according to sources close to the team/player”.   Let me know when the announces it or he’s in a Cubs jersey.

ohtani to bjays is getting massive heat and massive pushback as being not stove melting down...

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In reply to by Charlie

we could just wait around for the cubs to make an off-season splash by claiming alfonso rivas off waivers to add to the 1st base mix.  maybe they can talk eric hosmer into giving it another go.  braves are looking to trade away newly aquired matt carpenter...i think the cubs might have a new 3rd base target on their radar!

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In reply to by crunch

The Braves supposedly already have a deal in place to flip Matt Carpenter to a third team after acquiring him from the Padres last week. 

I am NOT advocating this, but I could see the Cubs trading David Bote to the Braves for Matt Carpenter.

It would be a virtual financial wash for both clubs (the Padres are paying down some of Carpenter's 2024 salary), the Cubs will have plenty of infield depth at AAA in 2024 even without Bote, the Braves are looking for veteran infielders they can stash at AAA (as they did when they outrighted David Fletcher to AAA after acquiring him from the Angels, knowing Fletcher would never elect free-agency and give up his contract), and after not re-signing Jeimer Candelario the Cubs may went some LHH 1B-3B-DH depth at Spring Training knowing they can always just release Carpenter if it turns out there isn't a place for him on the Cubs MLB Opening Day 26-man roster.  

Again, I am not advocating this. It's just that it seems like the Cubs might be the most-logical destination when the Braves trade Carpenter. The only other possible landing spots I can think of for Carpenter might be Toronto or the Angels. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If the Cubs are intent on trading young MLB players and prospects for more-established guys, I think the two trading partners the Cubs would seem to match-up best with are Cleveland (RHSP Shane Bieber and RHRP Emmanuel Clase and maybe take back OF Myles Straw's contract) and Miami (LHSP Jesus Luzardo, 1B Josh Bell, and LHRP A. J. Puk, Tanner Scott, or Steven Okert, and maybe take back Avisail Garcia's contract if Puk is the LHRP), because both the Guardians and the Marlins would probably be more interested in young position players than young pitchers which is a better match for the Cubs. 

And if the Cubs are somehow able to re-sign Cody Bellinger before they have to pull a trigger on a trade, I could see even PCA being available if the trade is with the Guardians and Josh Naylor is included in the return.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Good points. I saw a report on MLBTR that the Marlns are having Puk stretch out as a starter this Spring. That may be one reason they would even consider trading Luzardo. Hard to know how the new PBO in FL views Bell and the veteran relievers. Clearly they're the kind of players he would have traded away in Tampa. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Braves released Matt Carpenter just now.
Sounds like they tried to flip him. 
No takers.
Is anyone else thinking nowadays that Counsell was heavily paid to play the young guys? And that Jed didn't trust Ross with those young guys?
This idea seems truly legit now
Jed was never going to "overpay" for any star players
That's clear now
We all wanted him to do so, but Jed isn't that guy

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    cease has a 8m deal and 2 years of club control.  he wouldn't be cheap.

    dunno if the rumored talent given up is worth it, but if the wsox want a return on cease there's no time like now considering the very low 2024 price tag.

    the cheap price incentive for a full year vs. mid-season addition seems like a wash in potential return.

    wicks could immediately slot in as a starter on most teams.  also, the cubs already have a couple of solid lefty starters slotted in for at least the next 4 years.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mully and Haugh Chicago Radio says that folks within Cubs front office now believe a Belli ddeal will get done. Also, White Sox wanted to see Wicks, Mervis and Vazquez today for a possible Cease deal. 

    That can't be real. But, the Sox have been overpricing Cease.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.