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The Cubs have acquired RHSP Matt Thompson from the Chicago White Sox for LHRP Bailey Horn. M. Thompson is Rule 5 Draft-eligible (for the second time) post-2024. If he is not added to the 40 at some point in the meantime, Thompson will be under club control through the 2025 season.
The Cubs have released INF-OF Ezequiel Alvarez.
The Cubs have added minor league C-1B Haydn McGeary as an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is catching "live" BP and bullpen sides.
Also, Miguel Amaya has switched from # 6 to # 9 (presumably so that David Peralta can wear # 6) and Carl Edwards Jr has switched from # 79 to # 58.
2024 CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER:
40 players (MLB roster)
20 players (Non-Roster Invitee - NRI )
* bats or throws left
# bats both
MLB ROSTER PITCHERS: 22
PLAYERS SELECTED BY CUBS IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2023 RULE 5 DRAFT:
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2023 RULE 5 DRAFT:
PLAYERS SELECTED BY CUBS IN AAA PHASE OF 2023 RULE 5 DRAFT (1):
Hayden Cantrelle, INF (selected by AAA Iowa from San Francisco Giants AA Richmond roster)
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN AAA PHASE OF 2023 RULE 5 DRAFT (4):
The Cubs did not tender 2024 contracts to RHP Codi Heuer, LHP Brandon Hughes, or RHP Ethan Roberts, so the trio are now free agents, eligible to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club, including the Cubs.
Patrick Wisdom signed a $2.725M one-year "pre-tender" contract to avoid being non-tendered.
11/6 UPDATE #2:
RHP Yovanny Cruz, LHP Stephen Gonsalves, RHP Carlos Guzman, RHP Ben Hecht, C-INF P. J. Higgins, LHP Brailyn Marquez, RHP Nick Neidert, OF Yonathan Perlaza, and RHP Samuel Reyes were declared MLB Rule 9 minor league free agents at 5 PM (Eastern) on Monday.
At 9 AM (Eastern) on Thursday 11/2 (the day after the final game of the 2023 World Series), 3B-1B Jeimer Candelario, RHP Tyler Duffey, and RHP Shane Greene will be automatically declared Article XX-B MLB free agents and will be removed from the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. They do not have to file. It is automatic. At that same time, RHP Michael Fulmer will be reinstated from the MLB 60-day IL and will be declared an Article XX-B MLB free-agent.
An unsigned player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who has accrued at least three but less than six years of MLB Service Time is automatically eligible for salary arbitration.
2023 Cubs Arizona Instructional League - Final Stats
There is no Official Scorer at AZIL games, so all stats are unofficial
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
AZIL CUBS RECORD: 5-10-1 (16 games)
NOTE: Stats from AZIL Cubs intrasquad games are not included
Ruben Santana belted a bases-loaded bases-clearing double and scored a run, Jackson Feltner hammered an RBI triple and scored a run, and Luis Caicuto drilled an RBI single, walked twice, and scored a run, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Wednesday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Darius Perry drilled a game-tying RBI single in the 5th, Bryant Betancourt roped an RBI double in the 8th to break the 1-1 tie, and Skyler Messinger capped the scoring with a solo HR in the 9th, lifting the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Tuesday morning on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
In four AZIL games played against the Cubs, Skyler Messinger has been a virtual one-man wrecking crew, going 6-14 with three singles, a double, a triple, and a HR, and four RBI.
OF Christian Franklin has replaced OF Alexander Canario on the Mesa Solar Sox roster, and catcher (ex-INF) Carter Trice has been added to the Solar Sox Taxi Squad.
Trice was the 12th round draft pick of the Cubs this past July out of NC State, and has been in the Catcher Conversion Program at AZ Instructs for the past six weeks.
SP Bryan Perez hurled four innings of one hit / shutout ball and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter and Skyler Messinger drilled a two-run single to provide the runs, as the Rockies edged the Cubs 2-1 in Arizona Instructional League game action Friday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Jairo Pomares singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run, Estanlin Cassiani singled twice and scored a run, and SP Cale Lansville and five relievers combined to toss a five-hitter (with the bullpen retiring the last ten men in a row including seven on strikeouts), as the Giants defeated the Cubs 7-1 in Arizona Instructional League game action Thursday morning at the Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
Zyhir Hope doubled, walked twice, and scored two runs, and five pitchers combined to hurl a two-hitter (both hits by Geuri Lubo) with nine strikeouts, as the Cubs "Red Squad" defeated the Cubs "Blue Squad" 5-1 in Arizona Instructional League intrasquad game action Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was pre-planned as a seven inning affair, and the DH was not used (each team played with an eight-man batting order).
Drew Bowser (solo blast) and Reggie Preciado (two-run bomb) launched home runs onto the LF berm with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead, and SP Alfredo Romero and four relievers combined to hurl a two-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 in Arizona Instructional League game action Monday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after seven innings of play.