Rumors continue to swirl around the game on where the remaining big name free agents will sign. And the Cubs continue to be linked to multiple relievers and free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.
MLB Pipeline posted an up-to-date order for June’s Draft. The 2017 Draft takes place June 12-14 and the Cubs currently have two picks in the first 30.
As of now, the Cubs have the 28th overall pick in the draft, up two slots due to qualifying offer free agents signing with new teams. The Cubs could move up even further if Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo sign with new teams with unprotected first round picks.
The Cubs have the 30th pick in the draft as compensation for Dexter Fowler signing with the Cardinals. The Cubs first selection in the second round will be the 67th overall pick.
The Rays, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Twins and Marlins received a Competitive Balance pick in Round A. The Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies, Indians, Pirates, Royals, Orioles and Cardinals received Competitive Balance picks in Round B.
It is worth noting, the Cubs are the only team in the NL Central not eligible for a Competitive Balance pick and the additional slot money.
- MLB Pipeline – 14 Teams receive Competitive Balance picks in 2017 Draft
- MLB 2017 Draft Order [Dec. 14]
Collective Bargaining Agreement
The owners and players ratified the new CBA on Tuesday night according to Bob Nightengale. Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is now official.
In the coming weeks, MLB will release a full version of the CBA to dissect. In the meantime, details are being released seemingly on a daily basis.
Click on this link for the details of the CBA that the Players Association and Owners have officially made public to this point … MLB, MLBPA Announce Details of New Collective Bargaining Agreement
David Ross played his last game in the majors, Game 7 of The World Series, and he went out a champion. Ross hit a home run off Andrew Miller in his last official at bat and took the momentum back from the Indians in the sixth inning.
Ross’ teammates carried him off the field during the post-game celebration.
Ross recently spent time at the MLB Network Studios. Ross discussed Game 7 and the art of working umpires.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 1, 2016
David Ross retired from baseball but would like to stay in the game. Ross is not ready to commit to coaching or being a manager. The Cubs would like to keep him in the organization, possibly as a Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Tim Federowicz is officially in the Giants organization. Federowicz announced on his Twitter account he signed with the Giants on a minor league deal after Baseball America posted the signing earlier in the day.
Federowicz said, “Very excited about my new opportunity with the Giants. Spring Training can’t come soon enough.”
Tim Federowicz signed with the Cubs last off-season and spent the year in the system of the World Series Champions. Federowicz played in 17 games for the Cubs and hit just .194/.212/.258 with two doubles and a .470 OPS. Federowicz didn’t exactly live up to his reputation defensively.
With the I-Cubs, Federowicz batted .293/.352/.450 with 12 doubles and eight home runs for a .802 OPS in 65 games.
The Cubs are looking for a replacement for Federowicz on the organizational depth chart.
The Royals introduced Jorge Soler on Tuesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Soler will wear No. 12 with his new team. Soler drew comparisons to Bo Jackson when he put on his Royals’ jersey for the first time.
Soler is excited for the opportunity to play every day but admitted it was very difficult to leave the Cubs.
— John Sleezer (@jsleezer) December 13, 2016
News, Notes and Rumors
• Cubs expect Jason Heyward to hit the reset button and produce in 2017 according to Comcast SportsNet.
• The Yankees and Mets are floating veterans in deal as the only way to tweak their rosters according to Joel Sherman. Both New York teams “are currently in holding patterns, and unless they can remove salary from their payrolls” they might not be able to make any more additions this off-season. The Mets would like to trade Jay Bruce. The Yankees are looking to deal Chase Headley and Brett Gardner.
• Joel Sherman reported the Mets and Yankees are both interested in relievers Brad Ziegler and Boone Logan.
• The Mets asked the Rays about Alex Colome according to Peter Gammons. And from the Rays end, the deal would have to start with SS Amed Rosario or OF Michael Conforto. Gammons liked the trades the Cubs made for Wade Davis and the Red Sox made for Tyler Thornburg.
• The National League West is the best division money can buy according to Buster Olney. The NL West teams have spent $330.75 million on free agents this off-season, by far the most in baseball. The NL Central teams have spent just $127 million and most of that is by the Cardinals with the additions of Dexter Fowler and Brett Cecil.
• Teams have committed $290.1 million to 13 free agent relief pitchers this season according to Buster Olney. Last season, teams spent $251.7 million to 44 relievers.
• Baseball has gone cuckoo for closers according to ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle.
• With Aroldis Chapman in New York, Kenley Jansen back in LA and Mark Melancon in San Francisco, Richard Justice updated the closer/reliever market.
• Mark Melancon decided not to pitch in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). According to Jon Paul Morosi, Melancon would rather be with his new team throughout Spring Training.
• Justin Turner re-signed with the Dodgers and his four-year, $64 million contract is a massive bargain according to FanGraphs.
• Hardball Talk reported former players express displeasure with MLB’s new anti-hazing rule.
• The Brewers and Angels completed a trade Tuesday that sent catcher Martin Maldonado and RHP Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles for catcher Jett Bandy.
• RHP Jacob Turner signed a minor league contract with the Nationals that included a NRI to Spring Training. The former Cubs’ right-hander pitched for the White Sox last season and was 1-2 in 18 games, two starts, with a 6.57 ERA, 1.98 WHIP and 6.51 FIP.
• The Padres claimed former untouchable Dodgers’ prospect RHP Zach Lee off waivers from the Mariners.
• The Tigers announced their minor league field staff and rovers for the 2017 season … and Brian Harper is officially listed as Triple-A Toledo’s hitting coach. Jeff Pico is the team’s pitching coach.
• RHP Ryan Webb inked a minor league deal with the Brewers that includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training.
And last, but not least, Jeimer Candelario is preparing for next season.
Hard work pay off no games 2017 in few days lap#12 ☀️⚾️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/dtYtBKJQdY
— Jeimer Candelario (@jeimer24C) December 13, 2016
This Day in Cubstory
2015 – Cubs signed free agent Trevor Cahill
2015 – Cubs signed free agent Jean Machi
2004 – Cubs signed free agents Angel Echevarria, Jimmy Anderson, Jose Mercedes, Calvin Murray and Danny Klassen
2001 – Cubs signed free agent Will Cunnane
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Tom ‘Flash’ Gordon
1998 – Cubs acquired Jon Lieber from the Pirates for Brant Brown
1993 – Cubs signed free agents Todd Haney, Mark Parent and Mike Maksudian
1991 – Cubs signed free agent Scott May
1990 – Cubs acquired Jose Vizcaino from the Dodgers for Greg Smith
1989 – Donn Roach, born
1988 – Cubs signed free agent Domingo Ramos
1987 – Cubs signed free agent Vance Law
1984 – Cubs signed free agent Rick Sutcliffe
1981 – Angel Guzman, born
1978 – Cubs acquired Sam Mejias from the Expos for Rodney Scott and Jerry White
1975 – Rodrigo Lopez, born
1963 – Red purchased Steve Boros from the Cubs
1955 – Cubs released Walker Cooper
1949 – Cubs traded Gene Mauch to the Braves for Bill Voiselle
1948 – Cubs traded Eddie Waitkus and Hank Borowy to the Phillies for Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard
1949 – Bill Buckner, born
1929 – Pete Whisenant, born
1925 – Sam Jones, born
1916 – Cubs traded Joe Kelly and cash to the Braves for Fred Mitchell and a PTBNL. Boston sent Earl Blackburn to the Cubs in Jan. 1917 to compete the trade.
1905 – Bob Weiland, born
1900 – Harry Wilke, born
1889 – Lefty Tyler, born