Baseball America released the list of players that became minor league free agents five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
The Cubs had 19 players become free agents according to Baseball America and the team has re-signed three of those players.
Frank Batista was a combined 8-7 in 27 games, 19 starts, between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this past season with a 2.90 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Batista gave up 45 runs, 38 earned, on 115 hits with 38 walks and 73 strikeouts in 118 innings.
Felix Pena spent the season with Double-A Tennessee. Pena was 7-8 in 25 games, 23 starts, with a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Pena allowed 60 runs, 54 earned, on 111 hits with 49 walks and 140 strikeouts in 129 2/3 innings.
Pin-Chieh Chen helped Myrtle Beach win the Carolina League Championship. Chen hit a combined .263/.338/.378 with 22 doubles, eight triples and five home runs for a .716 OPS in 124 games for High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee.
The following players that were in the Cubs system during the 2015 season became free agents and can sign with other teams:
- RHP Daniel Bard
- RHP Fernando Cruz
- RHP Jae-Hoon Ha
- RHP Blake Parker
- RHP Felipe Paulino
- RHP Carlos Pimentel
- RHP Andres Santiago
- LHP Jeffry Antigua
- LHP Drake Britton
- LHP Ryan Buchter
- C Luke Carlin
- INF Emilio Bonifacio
- INF/OF Jonathan Mota
- INF Chris Valaika
- INF Wes Darvill
- OF Adron Chambers
Chris Valaika announced his retirement from baseball, reportedly one of the good guys in the game decided to hang ‘em up.
Adron Chambers received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse. Chambers had a solid year for the I-Cubs after signing last winter with the Cubs.
Former Cubs that became minor league free agents: C Blake Lalli, SS Walter Ibarra, RHP Jake Brigham, OF Julio Borbon, OF Dave Sappelt, 2B Tony Thomas, OF Tyler Colvin, 3B Marquez Smith, RHP Carlos Marmol, RHP Casey Weathers, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Rafael Dolis, C J.C. Boscan, OF Mitch Maier, RHP Chad Gaudin, SS Nate Samson, RHP Jorge De Leon, C Chadd Krist, RHP Michael Bowden, INF Ryan Roberts, RHP Jason Berken, C Koyie Hill, OF Russ Canzler, LHP Clay Rapada, LHP Jeff Beliveau, SS Hak-Ju Lee, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP Lendy Castillo, C George Kottaras and OF Justin Ruggiano