Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest

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The Monday before Thanksgiving is typically busy for everyone, not just MLB.  We have to get ready for the big cooking job on Wednesday and Thursday, pack up for the trip to meet up with a gathering of loved ones, and all kinds of other activities to prepare for a great feast of plenty, for those of us who are fortunate enough to do so.  For others, we give back by volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens so the less fortunate can also celebrate and survive until they get back on their feet again.  I certainly hope for the best for everyone on this day of reflection of thanks.

For MLB (here’s a list of important dates), Monday marks the deadline to set 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, which occurs on the last day of the Winter Meetings.  There will likely be other decisions to clear space on the roster for new signings and acquisitions prior to spring training and Opening Day, for the Cubs and everyone else.  Take this, for example:

Boy, did the Cubs ever get lucky!  We like Kris Bryant very much.

As for the roster and Rule 5, protecting some of the near-MLB ready prospects is key to the Cubs’ future, as well as the futures of all the other teams.  Arizona Phil has a really great understanding of MLB transactional rules and set up a list of every Cubs player who is eligible in the Rule 5 Draft, but there are only a few that the Cubs can and should protect (see this list):

Chicago Cubs (7)
1. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP
3. Adbert Alzolay, RHP
9. Trevor Clifton, RHP
16. Chesny Young, 2B/SS/OF
22. Charcer Burks, OF
26. Erling Moreno, RHP
29. Jose Paulino, LHP
Non-Top 30 prospects added:
Matt Carasiti, RHP

Here are the new 40-man roster guys:

I believe that puts the roster at 36, so there’s room for additional claims and what not.

The Cubs predictably waited until close to the 7 PM Central Time deadline to announce their roster moves, while another deadline was extended that is more relevant to a Cubs (and literally everyone else) target, Shohei Ohtani…

We will find out tomorrow what loopholes or new quirks the posting agreement will entail, but it makes sense for the Cubs to go after Ohtani just like every other team since he doesn’t seem to care about money at this time.  But you can bet teams are wheeling and dealing to try to offer him as much as they can per the international signing restrictions.

The Hall of Fame voting season is on, and it should be a big class if the voters get their stuff together:

And finally, speaking of spring training:

Just gotta get through winter, folks.  We got this.


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About Rice Cube

Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

2 Replies to “Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest”

  1. I know the Cubs will put a really great Team on the Field in 2018.I’m from Home of Baseball, Hall of Frame, in Cooperstown, New York. So Go Cubs Go, Best Team in all of Baseball.

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