Friday night was the deadline for the Cubs to fill their 40 man roster before December’s Rule V Draft. As expected, the Cubs selected the contracts of Duane Underwood, Victor Caratini, and Jack Leathersich. Additionally, there were two surprises on the day. One, the Cubs also selected OF Jacob Hannemann. I thought he would not be selected. He is an outstanding defender and baserunner but his bat lags far behind. Two, the Cubs also claimed left-handed pitcher David Rollins.
One, the Cubs selected OF Jacob Hannemann and placed him on the 40 man. I thought he would not be selected. He is an outstanding defender and baserunner but his bat lags far behind. Two, the Cubs also claimed left-handed pitcher David Rollins.
Out of these five, I only see Leathersich with any shot of making the opening day roster, but I think Caratini might get a sneak peak late in the year.
The Cubs stand a chance of losing several prospects in the Rule V Draft including relief pitchers Armando Rivero, Jose Paulino, and Stephen Perakslis, SP Jordan Pries, OFs Bijan Rademacher and John Andreoli, and IF Stephen Bruno.
One surprising move on Friday was that the Yankees DFA’d pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi will miss all of 2017 after TJS. I would not be surprised to the Cubs do something to acquire the young starter considering two starting pitchers’ contracts expire at the end of 2017 (Arrieta and Lackey).
The Cubs’ brass seems to be retooling the bullpen and building depth, probably stashing a few relievers in the minors. I think this will continue off and on throughout the winter.