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11/20 Roster decisions

Today is the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five years 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 years. 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 Cubs’ 40-man is currently at 37. Infielder Arismendy Alcantara is most likely to be added to the 40-man. The talented second baseman batted .271 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and 31 stolen bases at Double-A Tennessee this season.

Some other Minor League players who would be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if not protected on the Cubs’ 40-man are: pitchers Matt Loosen, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Austin Kirk, Ryan Searle and Zach Cates; infielders Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez; and outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha.

Remember that if selected in the Rule 5 Draft, that player has to stay on the Major League roster the entire season. So, even if a player isn’t protected by the Cubs, it’s not a slight, but may simply be that the team doesn’t feel he’s ready.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 Extra bases – UPDATED

AFL Championship

The Mesa Solar Sox face the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler is scheduled to start for Mesa, and Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora could be in the lineup. The game will be televised on MLB Network, starting at 2 p.m. CT. Bryant leads the AFL with six home runs and a 1.184 OPS.

“Anytime you play baseball, you want to be the last one on the field,” Bryant said. “A lot of us are swinging the bats well and our pitchers are throwing strikes. We’re pretty confident going into Saturday.”

Radio update

The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reports Ron Coomer is being considered as WGN Radio’s new color man. Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001 and has done TV work for the Twins. Coomer knows Chicago — he’s a graduate of Lockport High School and has a baseball academy in the south suburbs. WGN Radio is looking for someone to partner with play by play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland announced he was not coming back for the 2014 season.

Winter League

Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a RBI single in the fifth, in Licey’s 6-2 victory over Oriente in Dominican Winter League play. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 for Oriente.

Luis Valbuena had his second straight two-hit game for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, which lost, 13-12, in 13 innings to La Guaira. Valbuena started at second base for the second consecutive game.

Roster moves

Infielder Walter Ibarra, who has been in the Yankees system since 2006, has signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs. Ibarra, 26, reached Triple-A level this season. He posted a .276/.308/.367 line combined at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s primarily played short and second.

The Cubs also have signed outfielder Aaron Cunningham, 27, to a Minor League contract. A sixth-round pick in 2005 by the White Sox, Cunningham has played 222 games over five seasons with the Athletics, Padres and Indians. He spent last season at Triple-A Round Rock, and posted a .247/.337/.401 line in 115 games there with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs.

The Cubs have signed free agent catcher Eli Whiteside, 34, to a Minor League contract, according to transactions page. He spent most of last season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, batting .187 in 67 games. He last appeared in the Majors with the Giants in 2012.

Also, infielder Jeudy Valdez, 24, has reportedly signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs, although he did not receive a Spring Training invite. He posted a .251/.300/.406 slash line in 125 games with San Antonio last season, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 49 runs with 16 steals.

Rick Renteria

Check out’s Corey Brock’s story on Rick Renteria and how he was able to get the Cubs manager’s job wearing sweatpants. It’s on and a great read.

– Carrie Muskat

10/30 Winter League updates

Some updates on Cubs prospects currently playing winter ball:

* Arismendy Alcantara was batting .167 in six games with Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

* Christian Villanueva was batting .296 (8-for-27) with two home runs in eight games for Obregon in the Mexican Winter League.

* Marcus Hatley has struck out 10 and walked one over 6 2/3 innings and given up one earned runs in seven relief appearances for the Tomateros in Mexico.

* Hector Rondon has given up two hits in three scoreless innings in three appearances for Leones in Venezuela Winter League play.

10/24 Extra bases

* Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs in Yaquis de Obregon’s 8-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexican Winter League play on Wednesday. It was Villanueva’s second homer of the winter league season.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in Licey’s 7-4 win over Estrellas in Dominican Winter League play. Alcantara batted .271 this season for Double-A Tennessee.

* Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who has interviewed for the Cubs’ job, also is a candidate for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

* According to a survey of 26 music insiders by Rolling Stone magazine, Wrigley Field ranked second among rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all performed at the ballpark. Madison Square Garden in New York ranked No. 1, and Fenway Park was No. 3. The list is part of a “Venues that Rock” series.

* Got a question about the Cubs? The Cubs mailbag is back. Send your questions to, and please include your full name and hometown. Don’t bother sending your resume if inquiring about the vacant manager’s job. I’ll leave that to Theo Epstein & Co.

– Carrie Muskat

7/20 Minor matters

Josh Vitters was 2-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two, in his first game back from the DL in Iowa’s 10-4 loss to Round Rock. Brooks Raley took the loss, giving up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Arismendy Alcantara hit a walkoff RBI double in the 10th to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Jacksonville. Matt Szczur scored from first base on the hit. Javier Baez hit his fourth home run. Zach Rosscup picked up the win in relief.

Ivan Pineyro, whom the Cubs acquired from the Nationals in the Scott Hairston deal, gave up four hits and struck out three over six scoreless innings for Daytona in a game halted by rain. The two teams will resume play in the top of the seventh on Saturday.

Scott Baker gave up six runs over 2 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-6 loss to Great Lakes. Baker admittedly scuffled during his second rehab start. After 60 pitches, six runs, six hits, three walks and one strikeout, all Baker knew was his mechanics were off.

“I’ve been doing this for awhile, so I know to sit here and dwell over this outing or try to read into it too much just really is not going to do myself any good,” Baker told reporters. “Just try to make the adjustments, focus on the things that I need to work on, and really that’s all that matters right now.”

Gioskar Amaya and Jeimer Candelario each homered, and Dan Vogelbach had two hits and scored a run.

Dillon Maples gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Boise’s 9-2 win over Everett. David Bote hit two home runs, and finished with three RBIs. Lance Rymel had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and three RBIs.

Mesa had Friday off, and returns to action Saturday against the Angels.

7/11 Minor matters

Brad Nelson had three hits and his team-leading 54th RBI in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to New Orleans. Nick Struck gave up three earned runs over five innings and took the loss. Donnie Murphy had two hits, including a double, and one RBI.

Arismendy Alcantara, who will play in the All-Star Futures Game, had three hits and one RBIs in Tennessee’s 7-2 win over Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Bour also had three hits and two RBIs. P.J. Francescon picked up the win, pitching three innings of relief. In the second game, Eric Jokisch gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-2 victory. Rubi Silva and Alcantara each homered. Alcantara’s was a three-run shot.

Dustin Geiger hit his 10th home run in Daytona’s 7-6 loss to Lakeland. Zach Cates did not get a decision. He gave up two runs over seven innings.

Jeimer Candelario hit a home run and drove in two runs in Kane County’s 7-2 loss to South Bend. Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to four games with two hits, including a double.

Jose Dore hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in Boise’s 6-5 loss to Vancouver. Shawon Dunston had two hits.

Marcos Mateo threw one inning in Mesa’s 14-2 romp over the Padres. Zak Blair and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits. Mateo, who was on a rehab assignment, was assigned to Tennessee along with catcher Lance Rymel. Also, Smokies catcher Chad Noble was promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Mateo, 29, rejoins Tennessee where he spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Smokies. The right-handed pitcher is coming off an injury that caused him to miss the entire 2012 season.

7/2 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up three runs over six innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Omaha.

Arismendy Alcantara hit his 11th home run in Tennessee’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to Montgomery. Alberto Cabrera gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings. John Andreoli had two hits, both doubles.

Daytona’s game against Clearwater was postponed because of rain.

Reggie Golden hit his third home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning that broke a 3-3 tie, to lift Kane County to a 4-3 win over Wisconsin. Lendy Castillo threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings and picked up the win in relief.

Yasiel Balaguert homered for the second straight game in Boise’s 6-5 win over Eugene. He finished with three RBIs, and has driven in a run in six of his last eight games.

Kevin Brown had three hits in Mesa’s 6-4 win over the Indians. Jorge Diaz picked up the win in relief.

6/26 Alcantara, Soler named to Futures Game

Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler were named to the World Team for the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 14 at Citi Field. The game features the top Minor League prospects, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. 1 p.m. CT and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and

For the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot, available exclusively on and the Club sites. Fans may begin voting immediately and cast their ballots until Sunday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is among the candidates for the final spot on the World Team. You can vote for the shortstop, who is playing for Class A Daytona. #VoteBaez

In addition to voting on the web, fans also may use their mobile phones to cast votes via text message. To receive the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. Individual player votes may be cast directly via text by sending a player’s code to 89269. For example, Text “w1” to vote for Baez. All votes are final.

6/22 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Logan Watkins, Junior Lake and Brad Nelson each homered to help Iowa beat Nashville, 5-4, in the first game of a doubleheader. Guillermo Moscoso gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings for the win. In the second game, Watkins and Lake homered again, as did Donnie Murphy and Brian Bogusevic in a 8-6 win. Steve Clevenger was behind the plate, and went 0-for-2 in the 15th game of his rehab assignment. He’s batting .327. Casey Coleman converted his third save.

Arismendy Alcantara hit his 10th home run to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-7. Matt Szczur had two hits and Anthony Giansanti drove in two runs.

Dustin Geiger hit a RBI double but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1, to Dunedin.

Tayler Scott gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Quad Cities. Gioskar Amaya and Carlos Escobar each had two hits.

Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run homer and Kevin Encarnacion added a solo shot in Boise’s 4-1 win over Spokane. Paul Blackburn gave up one unearned run over five innings, but did not get a decision. He has not given up an earned run in 10 innings.

Mesa opened its season with a win over the Diamondbacks, 6-4. Erick Castillo, Guiseppe Papaccio and Zak Blair each had two hits. Castillo drove in two runs.


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