11/20 Roster moves – UPDATED

The Cubs added infielder Arismendy Alcantara and pitcher Dallas Beeler to the 40-man roster Wednesday, which was the deadline for teams to set their rosters in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. With the moves, the Cubs’ 40-man is now at 39.

Alcantara, 22, who hit a solo home run playing for the World Team in the All-Stars Futures Game, batted .271 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and 31 stolen bases at Double-A Tennessee this season, and was batting .196 in 15 games with Licey in the Dominican Republic Winter League. The second baseman earned Southern League mid-season and post-season All-Star honors. He ranked second in the Southern League in hits and doubles and was tied for third in stolen bases.

Beeler, 24, was 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in nine starts for Tennessee. He missed time after he tore a tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, and made six starts in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a 4-1 record and 2.49 ERA. In his 15 starts combined, Beeler walked 22 and gave up four home runs over 76 1/3 innings. He started the AFL championship game for the Mesa Solar Sox and gave up one run on two hits over five innings. The right-hander was a 41st round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000. In other words, an international player or high school draftee signed in 2009, assuming they were 18 or under as of June 5 of that year, must be protected. A college player taken in the 2010 Draft is in the same boat.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held Dec. 12.

— Carrie Muskat


I would have taken the chance that Beeler would not be picked, but I guess the Cubs want him guaranteed at AAA next season for extra organizational pitching depth. I also though Jae-Hoon Ha would be protected. Maybe he’s no more than a 4th outfielder in the Majors, but he did homer off of Gerrit Cole in the Futures Game a couple of years ago, so he does have some talent. I could see a team selecting him and keeping him around as a 5th outfielder/pinch runner/defensive replacement all year long. Some team like the Astros, who will probably have AAA-caliber players on their bench anyway, probably wouldn’t mind taking a shot at him. If no one takes him, he’ll probably start in AAA Iowa and it will be interesting to see if he gets called up at some point in 2014. If someone does take him, then I hope the Cubs have enough bench depth. We’ll see… maybe Josh Vitters will work out as an OF and Brett Jackson will stay healthy this year and we won’t have to worry about Ha. And let’s not forget, there’s always Matt Sczcur!

You bring up a very good point in OF depth. Any loss in the Rule IV is not good, however going into the 2014 season with the feeling this will be another rebuilding year, Ha may not be too big of a loss. He may not even be taken or may be offered back.
With Lake and Sweeny in the OF in another get by year, there is Bogusevic, as you said Matt Szczur could get called up. Not sure, but I think Vitters has already been introduced to the OF. Of course I have not forgotten about Schierholtz, but he could be traded.
As far as Jackson, I don’t think he gets it yet. Earlier in the year, ST, Management was having trouble with Stewart, Jackson decided to open his mouth and declared Stewart one of the best team mates ever. Then after a injury, coming back, he refused a AA assignment. He was sent to AZ, then took the AA assignment with not much progress.
Vitters is still young, but constant injuries gets very old. Your team mates need to depend on you, so this could be Vitters last year to either step up or say good bye.
I hope some of the Cubs younger prospects understand that, minor injuries get very old.

I was thinking more of the bench and mid-season callups, which is what Ha would probably be if he stays in the organization. As it stands right now, Sweeney, Lake, and Schierholtz are the starters with Bogusevic off the bench. You figure they’re in the market for at least one more outfielder this offseason and there’s always a chance for a trade to shake things up. Then of course there are the couple players who will be brought in on a minor league contract with invites to Spring Training that could wind up making the team. I wouldn’t expect Vitters or Jackson or Szczur to make the team out of spring training, but if they’re still around when the season starts they could get a call up if there are injuries or trades in the OF. I’d put Ha on that list too, if he survives the Rule 5 Draft. Of course, the future of the OF is Lake (who is already here), Soler (who we probably won’t see until the end of 2014 at the earliest), Almora (who we probably won’t see until mid-2015 at the earliest), and maybe Bryant (who would need some time to adjust to the OF in the minors, if he is moved to the OF at all). Until they’re all up, the Cubs will need someone to fill the OF, and guys like Ha, Vitters, Jackson, and Szczur might get that chance in the next year or two. At the very least, we’ll see if they’re good enough to be a 4th outfielder or to get something good in a trade.

WOW! Prince Fielder to the Rangers. Never saw that coming!

Neither one of us mentioned Sappelt as part of the OF, I guess for good reason. Sappelt was released by the Cubs today.

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