julio borbon rangersIn a move that was almost certainly unrelated to his base running gaffe earlier in the day, outfielder Julio Borbon was designated for assignment by the Cubs late yesterday. No corresponding move was announced, but one is expected later today. It could just be something simple like Dave Sappelt returning from Iowa (after his 10 days down, he’s eligible to return now) or Brian Bogusevic coming off the disabled list (also now eligible to return).

Borbon felt like a roster stash when the Cubs grabbed the former Texas first round draft choice earlier this year, but he actually made it into 72 games with the Cubs. In that time, he hit just .202/.284/.279, and saw his playing time diminish greatly whenever guys like Ryan Sweeney and Bogusevic were available. Borbon had the tools to be a quality bench piece, but it just never quite came together.

With the Trade Deadline passed and both Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus on the roster, I suspect the Cubs figured it was time they could let him go. The Cubs will now have 10 days to trade (not likely), waive (probably), or release (maybe) Borbon.

With Borbon DFA’d, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39. Over the coming weeks/months, you will see that number continue to fall as the Cubs brace for the offseason and the necessary shuffling that accompanies picking up new players and preparing for the Rule 5 Draft.

  • ColoCubFan

    Designed for assignment??? I thought he was at least a decent player!

  • Afinch

    I turned the game off the second he got thrown out. That was a head-scratcher.

    • Boogens

      You’re absolutely right. I didn’t turn it off but kept wondering why would he try that with Marmol on the mound? He was just poised for a massive meltdown.

  • JeffR

    It will be interesting to see if the cubs pick up another rule 5 guy this year. They haven’t given Sveum a full bullpen in the 2 years he’s managed. But I suppose if you can pick up a quality arm that has a chance to stick it’s worth a shot in what looks to be another throw away year.

    • CubFan Paul

      I haven’t seen anything from Lendy Castillo or Rondon that says those gambles were worth it/leaving the manager with a short bench.

    • ssckelley

      40 man roster spots are going to become to valuable. The player they could protect will be better than a rule 5 player they can draft.

      • Kyle

        Our 40-man situation is sick this year.

        We’ve got 39 spots full going into the offseason (excluding free agents) before we do anything, and that’s with one catcher. We’re going to have to cut or dump-trade half a dozen guys just to have any room to do the basics, let alone protect borderline guys or make any smaller moves.

        • nkniacc13

          ITs even worse than that because all the players on the 60 day DL have to be put on the 40 man at the end of the year

          • Kyle

            I was counting that. After 60-man guys are reinstated and free agents leave, we are at 39.

        • jt

          40 man situation:
          Bowden, McNutt, Putnam, Sanchez, Ransom, Gillespie, Sappelt;
          also consider:
          Baker, Szczur, Watkins, and/or two of (Sweeney, Bogusevic, Rusin, Raley).
          That would be as many as 12 to 14 moves without a tear being shed.
          Seems like a lot of room for upgrades.

  • Melrosepad

    I’m hoping Borbon sticks with the Cubs and can replace Darnell McDonald down at Iowa.

    • ssckelley

      They both need to go, neither Borbon or McDonald are worth keeping around IMO.

  • http://Bleachernation Oliver

    Maybe , there is improvement in the club somewhere…
    I don’t personnally see it.. It appears they are trying to play in the
    Majors with a triple A team and a bunch of cast offs from other teams.

    • cubsnivy56

      Plan A: build the farm system. You haven’t noticed the steady progressive improvement down /on the farm?

      • CubFan Paul

        Plan B: Parallel Fronts (which now we now is impossible because of payroll restrictions)

    • Cyranojoe

      Try taking a look at the record and compare to last year. Kind of simple when you think about it.

  • HateDemp

    Ransom is next.

    • notcubbiewubbie

      please hurry up ransom brutal!!!!!!!!!!

  • KidCubbie

    It would be nice to see them bring Arrieta back up.

  • cubzfan

    I haven’t been able to find video of the Lake catch against the ivy. Anyone have a link?

    • http://Bleachernation Jay

      The one from the other day? OR was there one last night? the highlight from the other day was actually by the cubs bullpen, near the mound. I saw it on the video link at cubs.com

    • cking6178

      It was up against the side wall, not the ivy….unless I missed one

  • Starlin Backer

    Was worth a shot. B-Bye.

  • 1CubFanInPA

    After watching that pathetic attempt to steal third yesterday — AND the fact that he was only hitting a ‘buck-ninety-two’ going into the game (albeit in a tough platoon & late-inning replacement role) — I can’t say I’ll miss Borbon. If reserve OFs that can’t hit above the ‘Mendoza Line’ are all the Cubs have right now then I’d rather see them give Gillespie the brunt of the ABs and fill-in duty that Borbon was getting until Sweeney returns, and just bring somebody up from Iowa to fill the bench. At least Gillespie can play solid ‘D’ and isn’t likely to take ill-advised risks when on base.

  • @cubsfantroy

    I’m a bit disappointed by this move. If only because I found him to have a ton of potential, like a lot of people have always said about him. Hopefully no one claims him and he can go down to AAA and play everyday.

  • kenster

    When are they going to go back to the 13 position players?

  • Ivy Walls

    Thrown Out on the Basepaths Like a Nincompoop (TOOTBLAN’s) need not apply or be on any Epstein/HoyerMcLeod MLB roster.

    Bordon was at best a marginal player, how he got a scout to think he was a future MLB star amazes me. He is a weak hitter, and a stupid situational player.

    I think Cubs begin a two week process of venting and moving people throughout the organization up or out. I can only guess that they are moving a AA player to the 40 man and up to IA or reward a player like Ha in IA.

    I think we have seen enough of Sapelt and look at Bogusevic again unless there is a need?

  • Mak

    Just as an exercise, I can see the cubs opening up 40 man spots for the offseason but DFA/releasing/trading/not resigning (in other words, i expect tthem not to be on the 40 man come nov) the following:

    Bowden (sneak back through waivers/minor league deal)
    Rondon (sneak back through waivers ala Lendy?)
    E. Sanchez
    B. Jax??

    They’ll have to reinstate Vizcaino, Baker, Fukijawa (but he’d begin the year back on the 60 day) and Sweeney (DFA Putnam).

    Probably need to add Alcantara, Ha, Rosscup and depending on MLB ruling, Paniagua (and although they arent close yet, they may consider legit prospects Amaya, Hernandez, Peralta and maybe Jokisch)

    Leaves a few spots for some FA signings. Maybe the FO has to cut down on their waiver dumpster diving, but I dont think the 40 man will be too much of a crunch.

    • Lou Brown

      Nice summary of the Rule 5 situation. That is going to be a interesting story this off season. What happened to Dolis? He was effective, then he was on the DL and I never heard anything else. It is a good sign though that we need the spots to protect our own, instead of dumpster diving everyone else’s castoffs. Progress!

      • Mak

        Still on DL. Has the stuff but well see if FO has the patience for him to work out the control issues, especially since he isn’t one of “their” guys. I think he’ll be out of options (not 100% sure). May try to sneak him back through waivers, questionable that another team would commit to keeping him on the 25 man.

        • Mak

          Via AZ Phil, confirming that Dolis is out of,options next year.

    • marc

      Even the 25 man is going to be tricky with cabrera and arrieta needed to be rostered or clear waivers. I hope at least one those two earns a rotation spot or things could get interesting, Off the top of my head we have the wood, shark, jackson, russell, strop, parker, villanueva, bowden, fujikawa, rondon, sanchez, cabrera, arrieta, and dolis that all could be lost to waivers if not rostered.

      Looking at that list kind of makes the rostering of rondon a little puzzling when you look at that list, because I doubt he makes the mlb club and that is without any signings or trades.

    • Eternal pessemist

      Would be nice to swap out three or four sets of three to four marginal players for three to four prospects so we could at least protect what we have.

  • auggie55

    I was watching the game yesterday and when that pitch got away, DeJesus motioned with his hand for Borbon to take 3rd. It was a couple of small waves with his hand (not his arm) so Borborn was just listening to teammate, who was right there and should have a better look at the play.

    I’m not a fan of Borbon, in fact I’m glad he is gone, but I don’t like Len cuddling DeJesus like it was all Borbon’s fault. It wasn’t. DeJesus was right there and never should have motioned for Borbon to take 3rd as the ball only got away a couple of feet.

  • bryan

    is every cub prospect not on the 40 man roster eligible for the rule 5 draft? someone explain to me please who all is eligible.

    • hansman1982


      This has everything you need to know.

      • wvcubsfan

        Really doesn’t look like too many names on that list that would have to be added IMO. I’m seeing maybe 4 or 5 that would stick on the 25 man roster for the required amount of time.

        Alcantara, Ha, and maybe Amaya seem to be the only position players. of course pitchers always seem to be easier to “stash” in the bullpen for bad teams.

        • willis

          And as far as the cubs side, Rhee, Rosscup, Paniagua, Alcantara, Amaya, maybe Jokisch…lose anyone else and I’m not sweating it. Ha another one I guess that may be attractive because of his defense.

          I’ll note I think Rosscup is with the big club from the jump anyway.

          • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

            I’d hate to lose Hernandez too. He’s not even close to being a big league contributor yet, but it’s possible some team could take him, keep him on the 25-man for a year (using only as a defensive replacement), and then stash him back in the minors.

  • OkieCub

    I see a lot of guys there I’d hate to lose.

    • wvcubsfan

      Sure there are people no one wants to lose, but that’s not the question. The question is who on there would be able to stay on the 25 man roster for another team next year.

    • D.G.Lang

      That’s always the problem with a stacked farm system. A team can’t possibly protect all the good players they have developed or traded for therefore the Front Office has to be very competent judges of a players ability and projection.

      As the Cubs farm improves the quality of players that we can’t protect becomes even higher and more painful to endure. This is one very important reason it becomes acceptable to trade some of the better prospects away for MLB level talent.

      The bottom line is to either promote them to the MLB team, trade them for MLB quality players or risk losing whatever one can’t protect in the draft.

      The rule 5 draft hits all good farms hard and sometimes it’s unavoidable.

  • willis

    Well, as we all probably knew, Sveum confirmed that Borbon was DFA’d for dumb baserunning, repeat offender.

    I don’t like Sveum, but I like the non bullshit answers he sometimes gives.

  • Kyle

    I’d protect Alcantara, Rosscup, Amaya and Paniagua (if you have to). Anyone who wants Ha can have him.

    • wvcubsfan

      Yeah the person of many names is going to be an interesting situation.

  • Ivy Walls

    Brett presumption:

    “In a move that was almost certainly unrelated to his base running gaffe earlier in the day, outfielder Julio Borbon was designated for assignment by the Cubs late yesterday.”

    No Brett, precisely the opposite, http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/18979/cubs-will-not-tolerate-bad-baseball

    “Chicago — The message was heard loud and clear throughout the Chicago Cubs organization: Bad baseball decisions, such as the one former Cub Julio Borbon made on Friday, will not be tolerated.

    Borbon tried to advance on a ball thrown in the dirt in the ninth inning of the Cubs’ 6-2 loss. Borbon was thrown out on a play that most little leaguers wouldn’t attempt. Manager Dale Sveum could only fume until the end of the game.

    ”That obviously was an unfortunate thing that happened,” Sveum said. “We just can’t keep having those things go on. [Borbon] had a few of those himself.”

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I saw that that was what Sveum said (after I wrote this). I stand by what I said, however (which was intended to be half serious, half sarcastic (otherwise I wouldn’t have mentioned the base running thing at all)).

      • Ivy Walls

        rattling your chain ;>}

        • Ivy Walls

          actually I was waiting for someone to be the sacrificial example

    • Mr. B. Patient

      Sveum and Co. are full of crap….

      Soriano, Castro, Rizzo and others all have had multiple brain cramps this year. Why weren’t they cut?

      BTW, didn’t DeJesus wave Borbon over? Looked like it to me.

      Oh well.

      • Ivy Walls

        When I start my year, I tell my class that I am going to be both fair and unfair simultaneously, in treating everyone as an individual I am not going to be fair to the group and only to the individual,

        Sveum is supposed to have different rules for different persons and be fair to the team.
        It is hard for people to understand this…but Borbon ended up taking one for the team and it was a big one.

        Listen he was a 26th man on a 25 man team, and that is that

  • Chris

    o.k. Brett. At least you may have a hung jury now.

  • HVAC Bob

    Can someone explain to me WHY Cody Ransom is still on this team, and
    more importantly WHY the hell does Sveum still play him? Every time he
    comes to the plate, I want to scream at the TV. Just like the game ended today,
    Ransom stands there watching strike 3 to end the game and he has that typical
    stupid and blank look on his face that is saying like oh well.