11/5 Roster decisions
The Cubs brass is not only discussing which free agents to pursue during their organizational meetings this week in Mesa but also which Minor Leaguers to keep on the 40-man roster. The roster is at 37. One player who could be available for the Rule 5 Draft if he isn’t added, according to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, is third baseman Marquez Smith, who is playing for the Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela. Smith was batting .271 with four homers, three doubles and 14 RBIs so far, including a 4-for-6 game Oct. 31. Smith began the season with Double-A Tennessee and batted .182 in 16 games but then hit .314 with 26 doubles, 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 91 games at Triple-A Iowa. A right-handed hitter, he batted .357 against lefties, .297 against right-handers. He also hit .326 with runners in scoring position. Smith, 25, was selected in the eighth round of the 2007 Draft; he played at Clemson.
— Carrie Muskat