Cubs Minor League Free Agents … Nineteen Cubs minor league players became free agents on Nov. 7
The Cubs had 19 players in their system become minor league free agents on Monday, Nov. 7. The Cubs have already re-signed one of the 19, right-hander Andury Acevedo.
According to Baseball America the following 19 players became free agents: RHP Andury Acevedo, RHP Frank Batista, RHP Cole Brocker, RHP Aaron Crow, RHP Stephen Fife, RHP Miguel Mejia, RHP Starling Peralta, RHP Drew Rucinski, LHP Scott Barnes, LHP Brian Matusz, LHP Joe Thatcher, C Tim Federowicz, C David Freitas, INF Logan Watkins, INF Kristopher Negron, OF Lane Adams, OF Kelly Dugan, OF Matt Murton, OF Juan Perez
Matt Murton, Tim Federowicz, Brian Matusz, Logan Watkins, Aaron Crow and Juan Perez are the six names that stand out from the rather long list of players that are free to sign with other teams.
Matt Murton re-signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal and spent last season with Triple-A Iowa. Murton dealt with injuries throughout the year, starting in Spring Training. Murton played in 76 games for the I-Cubs and hit .314/.349/.398 with 12 doubles, a triple and two home runs for a .747 OPS.
Tim Federowicz had two stints with the big league team during the season and finished his year with the Cubs in September. Federowicz was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier this week. Federowicz elected for free agency. Federowicz played in 17 games for the Cubs and hit .194/.212/.258 with two doubles and a .470 OPS. In 65 games with the I-Cubs, Federowicz batted .293/.352/.450 with 12 doubles and eight home runs for a .802 OPS.
Brian Matusz inked a minor league contract with the Cubs after he was traded from the Orioles to the Braves and was released. Matusz spent time in the system prior to making his Cubs debut on a Sunday night at Wrigley against the Mariners.
The Cubs had an agreement in place that he would be called up and start a game. And he did on July 31 in what turned out to be one of the Cubs biggest games of the season. Matusz lasted only three innings and gave up six runs on three homers. Joe Maddon went to the pen and the Cubs put together an incredible comeback with Jon Lester bunting in Jason Heyward for a 7-6 win in 12 innings.
Matusz was 0-1 in four games, three starts, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.20 WHIP for Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs selected Logan Watkins in the 21st round of the 2008 draft. Watkins re-signed with the Cubs on a minor league contract last off-season after missing the entire 2015 season due to injury. Watkins played in 108 games for the I-Cubs this past season. Watkins hit .261/.314/.353 with 14 doubles, seven triples and a home run for a .667 OPS. Watkins played six different positions (second base, first base, shortstop, third base, left and right field) throughout the season.
Aaron Crow inked a minor league deal with the Cubs in February. Crow received a non-roster invite to big league camp as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery in April 2015. Crow appeared in just three games, two starts, in the Arizona Rookie League last season. Crow gave up two hits with two strikeouts in three innings. Crown turned 30 on Thursday (Nov. 10) and has not pitched in a Major League game since 2014.
Juan Perez signed with the Cubs last off-season to provide depth in the outfield. When Dexter Fowler re-signed, the writing was on the wall that Perez would spend the entire year with Triple-A Iowa. Perez played in 117 games for the I-Cubs and hit .276/.310/.444 with 27 doubles, five triples and nine home runs for a .753 OPS.