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Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Needs Tommy John surgery
Amaya (elbow) is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Amaya didn't play a game after June 3 while dealing with an injury that was originally called a forearm strain. While Tommy John surgery doesn't keep hitters out for as long as it sidelines pitchers, it's still likely to require a lengthy recovery process, which could cause him to miss a meaningful portion of the 2022 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Harold Ramirez: Dealt to Cubs
Ramirez was traded from the Guardians to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.
Ramirez hasn't shown himself to be anything more than a bench piece through three major-league seasons, hitting .271/.308/.405 for his career. He makes good contact, striking out in just 18.2 percent of his plate appearances, but he's walked just 4.0 percent of the time and has below-average power, as seen in his 5.6 percent career barrel rate. That profile might work as a passable starter if he were a good defensive center fielder, but he's graded out poorly there and fits better in a corner. He's at least found himself with a team that has plenty of playing time available, but he'll be an unexciting option even if he plays regularly.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Caleb Kilian: AFL Championship MVP
Kilian threw six perfect innings in the AFL Championship Game to lead Mesa to the title Saturday, winning the Game's MVP Award, William Boor of MLB.com reports.
Kilian, who came over to the Cubs in the Kris Bryant deal, had struggled in his earlier AFL appearances, including a seven-run outing without retiring a batter in his debut. However, he was superb Saturday, striking out eight batters, throwing strikes on 48 of his 68 pitches and topping out at 98 mph.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Kevin Alcantara: Great season in rookie ball
Alcantara finished the 2021 season with a .345/.423/.588 line, five homers, 24 RBI and five steals across 34 games in rookie ball.
The first nine of those games came in the Yankees' organization, and the remaining 25 came with the Cubs' Arizona Complex League squad after he was made the centerpiece of the Anthony Rizzo deal. Alcantara was equally electric at both stops, and he's likely to start out in Low-A next season. The 19-year-old outfielder has a sky-high ceiling and should be widely rostered in dynasty formats.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Roberts was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster Friday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
A minor-league reliever, Roberts measures in at 5-foot-10, but he has a plus curveball and struck out 72 in 54 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season. Now that he is on the 40-man, it seems he is poised to make his big-league debut in the first half of 2022.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Nelson Velazquez: Added to 40-man roster
Velazquez's contract was selected by the Cubs on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Velazquez advanced to Double-A Tennessee during the 2021 campaign and slashed .290/.358/.581 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, 19 runs and five stolen bases across 34 games in Tennessee. He'll now be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tyler Payne: Back with Cubs on MiLB deal
Payne re-signed Monday with the Cubs on a minor-league contract, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
When Chicago's catching depth was tested in the final couple weeks of the season, Payne was summoned from Double-A Tennessee to provide depth. He appeared in one game and went hitless across two at-bats before being dropped from the 40-man roster in October. The Cubs valued Payne enough to bring him back as organizational depth, but he's unlikely to see extended big-league action at any point in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Brad Wieck: Cleared for all activity
Wieck (chest) was cleared for all baseball activity and is expected to be ready for spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck underwent surgery in late August to address his irregular heartbeat. He's made a full recovery and is currently working through a throwing program in Arizona to build back his arm strength. Prior to the surgery, Wieck had not allowed an earned run across 17 innings while striking out 28 in a relief role.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jason Heyward: Fully recovered from concussion
Heyward is symptom-free after suffering a concussion late in the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Heyward took a knee to the face in mid-September and did not return to the field. However, he is now expected to have a regular offseason after fully recovering from the injury. It remains to be seen what his role in Chicago may be in 2022, as the team could opt to play more youthful options in the outfield. However, he's owed $22 million for each of the next two seasons, so he's unlikely to be going anywhere in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Brendon Little: Dealing with stress reaction
Little suffered a stress reaction in his elbow and has been shut down for six weeks, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Little split the minor-league season between Double-A and Triple-A in 2021. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 41.2 innings while striking out 53. That could have put him in consideration for a bullpen role for the Cubs in 2022, though his inability to have a typical offseason could affect his timeline to reach the majors.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Rehabbing finger issue
Rivas is expected to complete rehab on his finger in December and will have a normal offseason thereafter, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rivas tore a tendon in his right middle finger in late September and was quickly ruled out for the season. However, it appears as if the injury won't cause any long-term issues, as he is expected to return to full health in plenty of time for spring training, Prior to going down with the injury, Rivas hit .318/.388/.409 across 49 plate appearances in his major-league debut.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Brailyn Marquez: Going through throwing program
Marquez (shoulder) is currently participating in a throwing program in Arizona, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Marquez was sidelined for the entire minor-league season, much of which was due to the shoulder injury. However, he is now expected to be ready for the start of spring training and could end up at either Double-A or Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' David Bote: To miss start of season
Bote has a six-month timeline to recover from shoulder surgery and will miss the beginning of the 2022 season as a result, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Bote underwent the surgery in early November, so a full six months would place his return in roughly early May. He reportedly played through the injury for much of last season and hit .199/.276/.330 line across 327 plate appearances. It remains to be seen what his role on the team may be, pending any moves made in the offseason by Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' David Bote: Recovering from shoulder surgery
President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that Bote recently underwent surgery on his left shoulder, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bote separated his left shoulder in late May and was limited to 97 games this season, but he often attempted to play through the injury. The 28-year-old struggled offensively with a .199/.276/.330 slash line. Bote doesn't yet have an official recovery timeline, but he has more than three months before the start of spring training.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Wade Miley: Signed for 2022
The Cubs exercised Miley's (neck) $10 million option for 2022 on Sunday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
This move comes as no surprise after the Cubs claimed Miley from Cincinnati's waivers Friday. The lefty will be 35 years old when the 2022 campaign begins and he'll be coming off a neck injury, but he's also coming off an excellent 2021 season in which he posted a 3.37 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 163 innings. Even if he regresses next year, Miley still figures to be a bargain at $10 million.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Wade Miley: Claimed by Cubs
Miley (neck) was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Friday.
The veteran lefty's underlying numbers may not fully support his 3.37 ERA this season, but seeing him land on waivers was still a surprise. He didn't strike out many batters (18.1 percent), but he avoided walks (7.2 percent) and kept the ball on the ground at a 49.4 percent clip, leading to a 3.97 FIP and 4.07 xFIP. If his ERA regresses to match those estimators next season, the Cubs will likely still be quite happy to have him at a modest $10 million, though there's of course some risk that he regresses far more than that in his age-35 season. Miley missed the tail end of the regular season with a neck strain, but there's been no indication that it's the type of injury which will delay his preparation for spring training.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jonathan Holder: Sent to minors
Holder (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Holder spent the entire 2021 campaign on the 60-day injured list but began a rehab assignment in mid-August. He allowed a run in two innings during his rehab stint and will now lose his spot on the 40-man roster. It's not yet clear whether he'll be ready for spring training in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Trayce Thompson: Outrighted to Triple-A
Thompson was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Thompson clubbed four homers in 35 plate appearances during 2021, but he'll now be cast off the 40-man roster. The 30-year-old has mainly played in the minors across the last several years but could compete for a depth spot in the big leagues during spring training.... See More ... See Less
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