Cubs News and Notes: Roster moves, Cubs on ESPN, Yasmani Grandal, MLB Hot Stove, more
|Friday, November 22, 2019, 8:38 AM- -|
Ross getting busy: David Ross isn’t taking the winter off. Instead, he is making “regular offseason visits” to the Wrigley Field office building to met with research and development personnel, as well as his coaching and scouting staff.
According to Patrick Mooney, “His voice will be heard as the Cubs pursue free agents and trade talks.”
Cubs/ESPN: ESPN is set to televise two of the first four Cubs’ games of 2020. The first 'Sunday Night Baseball' game will be Cubs vs. Brewers at 6 p.m. CT on March 29 at Miller Park. The following day, the sports channel will air the Cubs home opener at 3:10 p.m. CT on March 30 against the Pirates.
Nico's winter home:
Cubs’ Birthdays: Quintin Berry (34), Mike Mason (61), Alan Hargesheimer (65), Tony Balsamo (82), and posthumously, Dick Bertell (84), Warren Hacker (95), Freddie Lindström (114), and Billy Clingman (150).
Irv Noren, who was the oldest living ex-#Cubs player, died last week, two weeks short of his 95th birthday. So now the oldest living ex-Cub is Wayne Terwilliger, who is 94 years old.— Cubs Birthdays (@CubsBirthdays) November 21, 2019
And yours truly turned 54 yesterday. #OldMan #OverTheHill #ReadyForTheRestHome
Baseball Quotes: “I’ve always liked doubles. When you scald the ball on a line to the gap, I think that's about as close to a perfect swing as you can get. -Lance Berkman
A couple years ago they told me I was too young to be president and you were too old to be playing baseball. But we fooled them. -John F. Kennedy to Stan Musial at the 1962 All Star Game pic.twitter.com/f3YA7KpCcM— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) November 20, 2019
MLB and the Hot Stove
For the complete list of Rule-5 roster moves, check out my latest Odds and Ends column.
NL Central Hot Stove:
Brewers: The Crew and the Tribe did a little horse-trading yesterday, as Milwaukee picked up IF Mark Mathis from Cleveland in exchange for catcher, Andres Melendez. Also, the Brewers have selected the contracts of outfielder Corey Ray and RHP J.P. Feyereisen
Cardinals: St. Louis has selected the contracts of RHPs Jake Woodford, Alvaro Seijas, INF Elehuris Montero, and have designated RHP Dominic Leone for assignment.
Pirates: Ahead of selecting Rule-5 contracts, the Bucs have designated RHP Cody Ponce, RHP Blake Cederlind, IF Ke’Bryan Hayes IF Will Craig and IF Oneil Cruz.
According to Jon Heyman, “Twins bench coach Derek Shelton is among those getting an interview for manager with new Pirates GM Ben Cherington, so he should be considered a very serious candidate. Cherington was said to be impressed with the Pirates’ original list.”
Reds: Cincinnati has selected the contracts of RHP Tejay Antone, RHP Ryan Hendrix, Tony Santillan, and catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds have also acquired RHP Jose De Leon from the Rays for cash and a payer to be named later.
From the Rest of MLB:
New players union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer told agents off-the-record at meeting last Thursday that in CBA talks w/MLB they weren’t looking to do any horse trading, meaning they seek net gains rather than a give and take. Things aren’t encouraging. The good news: 2 yrs to go— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 20, 2019
White Sox: The White Sox have scored the first, big free agent signing of the year: Yasmani Grandal has signed a four-year/$73M deal.
The catching market is moving and moving fast. The Cincinnati Reds were in on Yasmani Grandal as well. He was clearly the best of the group -- and ultimately did well to turn down the Mets' four-year offer last year, get $18.25M from Milwaukee and now get $73M from the White Sox.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 21, 2019
There is a definite downside for Cubs’ fans: Willson Contreras’ trade value just went through the roof, as our beloved backstop is now the best catcher available on the market.
Omar Vizquel has left the White Sox organization . “ “We have agreed to head in different directions “ said director of player development Chris Getz— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 20, 2019
Chicago is also reportedly in the “leading group” to acquire Mets’ ace, Zack Wheeler.
Athletics: In addition to making roster moves before the Rule-5 deadline, Oakland has also designated RHP Jharel Cotton for assignment.
Royals: In the wake of their Rule-5 selections, KC has designated the following players for assignment: OF Jorge Bonifacio, catcher Nick Dini, RHP Conner Greene, and RHP Arnaldo Hernandez.
Dodgers have no known plans to announce baseball president Andrew Friedman’s extension. But he’s extended. And deservedly so. Dodgers will also hire assistant pitching coach (in house likely) and bullpen coach (Josh Bard likely, via @Joelsherman1). Those 2 moves will be announced— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 20, 2019
Blue Jays: Toronto has designated RHP Justin Shafer for assignment and has outrighted LHP Tim Mayza to triple-A Buffalo.
Padres: The Padres have issued a DFA to OF Nick Martini.
Rob Manfred: “We are going to investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible. That investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about ’17, but also ’18 & ’19. We are talking to people all over the industry. Former employees, competitors, whatever"— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) November 21, 2019
Phillies: In addition to the Rays and Brewers swapping players yesterday, Tampa sent LHP Christopher Sanchez to Philly in exchange for MiLB infielder Curtis Mead.