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rule 5 draftToday was the deadline to add in-house players to the 40-man roster for the purposes of the Rule 5 Draft. That is to say, if a player who is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft (taking place in early December) is not added to the 40-man roster by today, his team risks losing him.

For that reason, the Chicago Cubs today added middle infield prospect Arismendy Alcantara and pitching prospect Dallas Beeler to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 39. That’s pretty much what I guessed would happen yesterday.

Alcantara emerged this year as a clear-cut top ten prospect in the Cubs’ robust system, and a borderline top 100 prospect overall. Given that he performed well at AA and offers a great deal of upside in the middle infield, he would have been selected immediately in the Rule 5 by a gleeful Astros organization. He’ll likely be the starting second baseman at AAA next year, and the Cubs will have to figure out what the long-term plan is for him.

Beeler pitched well this year in the Arizona Fall League, after missing much of the season with a finger injury. He’s a tall (6’5″) righty who can touch the mid-90s and gets a lot of groundballs. He doesn’t really have a wipeout pitch, but he was certainly at risk for Rule 5 selection if the Cubs didn’t protect him.

Left exposed to the draft, among others, are Gioskar Amaya, Jae-Hoon Ha, Marco Hernandez, Eric Jokisch, and Matt Loosen. Amaya is awfully young and raw, as is Hernandez. It would be tough to take and stash them. Ha is a future 4th or 5th outfielder if he makes the show, and there are questions about Jokisch’s and Loosen’s ability to be starters in the big leagues. Each has a chance of being selected, and the Cubs will just have to deal with that if it happens.

Juan Paniagua remains a question mark (at least as of this afternoon), but, the fact that the Cubs didn’t add him to the 40-man suggests he is not eligible for the Rule 5. He’s a long way from the bigs, but the Cubs didn’t pay him almost $2 million in 2012 for nothing. He’s got a very high-upside arm, and could easily be a bullpen stash on a non-competitive team for the 2014 season. And then, the Cubs would have lost him for good. (UPDATE: And Bruce Miles is the man on the spot, confirming that the Cubs say Paniagua is not eligible for the Rule 5. Great news, and thanks to Miles for the info.)

The Rule 5 Draft takes place December 12. We’ll see more players taken off of the 40-man roster over the course of the offseason – for one thing, the Cubs will want to have room to take a player in the Rule 5 Draft, themselves, while still adding free agents and/or trade pieces.

  • josh ruiter

    What other non-40 manned names are floating out there after today?

  • Bret Epic

    I’m curious whether or not Alcantara could handle center field if he ended up having to move out of the infield.

    • Eric

      I honestly see Bryant moving to the outfield before Alcantara.

      • Bret Epic

        I do too, just curious if his skill set could translate to playing the outfield. I know his defense in the infield is somewhat in question, so outfield might be better.

  • Die hard

    Alcantara starts at 2B 2015 IMO

    • Brian Peters

      I like Alcantera a lot, but if he starts at 2B in 2015, what are you going to do with Baez/Castro??

      • cub2014

        if we are lucky enough for all 3 to make it:
        Alcantera 2B,Castro SS, Baez 3B,Bryant RF.

        • SoCal Cubs Fan

          This is what I was thinking also, but with Bryant in LF and Soler in Right. That is if all of them make the BIG show, which is the Cubs fan’s dream.

        • Chad

          Just think if Olt can somehow figure it out and be a solid player at 3B.

        • Die hard

          One of those to be traded for pitcher IMO

          • Chad

            I would see Alcantara being the first to be included in a trade unless Olt is really killing it, but would you rather have Olt at 3B and Baez at 2B or Baez at 3B and Alantara at 2B? All a big fantasy of course because I doubt it happens, but Alcantara has the speed and some power, but Olt has the glove and some power (in the perfect scenario). Wow a guy can sure dream.

      • Soda Popinski

        These things have a way of working themselves out. Usually middle infielders are pretty versatile and can be moved to other positions.

      • Napercal

        That would be a really good problem to have.

  • Funn Dave

    MLB should have provided a clearer indication of what needs/needed to be done in re Paniagua.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m sure they did. We probably just haven’t heard it yet.

      • DarthHater

        Can a team request guidance from MLB on a player’s eligibility before they expose him to the draft? If so, is it a binding ruling on which the team can then rely with certainty?

  • cubsin

    What’s the deadline for dropping players from the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft?

  • TheRiot2

    There really is no reason too move positions on Alcantara. Almora could be playing CF by 2015 and AA belongs at his natural position IMO.

    • DarthHater

      They are both AAs. :-P

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        After 2014 season, quite a few of you will be in AA. 13th step: watching the Cubs will drive you to drink! A LOT!

        • DarthHater

          They drove me to drink decades ago.

          • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

            1st step: Admit you are powerless over your Cubs and their losing problem.
            2nd step: Admit to a higher power (Theo) who can restore your sanity
            3rd step: Turn over your worries to Theo and his plan, as you understood it
            4th step: Do a moral inventory of your Cubs addiction
            5th step: Admit to others to the true nature of your addiction.
            6th step: Admit you are ready for Theo to remove the losing of Cubs
            7th step: Humbly ask Theo (or Ricketts) to remove these shortcomings of your prior addiction to losing
            8th step: Make a very long list of those Cubs players you have curse out via TV or elsewhere, and make a pact to forgive them all
            9th step: Without stalker behavior, attempt to make amends to Cubs players you have hurt in any way; else, just ignore this…step
            10th step: Continue to take inventory of your Cubs addiction, and promptly admit when you are wrong about them or THE PLAN
            11th step: Pray for THE PLAN. And support it as you are aware of it.
            12th step: Have a spiritual awakening to the POWER of Cubs; and resolve to practice these steps…in all your addictive affairs.

    • MightyBear

      I don’t think Almora will be ready by 2015. I hope he is but I don’t think he will be.

    • Jim

      And Junior Lake might not give CF up!

  • Drew

    I would bet AA could outhit Barney next year, but let the kid develop a little more before he is rushed up.

  • YourResidentJag

    Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 2h
    Former #brewers lefty Chris Narveson pitching well for Licey in Dominican winter ball. He’s 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA. Pick him up?

  • MightyBear

    At least the Cubs aren’t getting hammered on Jeopardy

    [img]http://www.awfulannouncing.com/media/images/houjeopardy.jpeg[/img]

    Well I had sex with your mother Trebek!

    • MightyBear

      Oh sorry, the answer is “What is a blowout.”

  • YourResidentJag

    Matt Clapp ‏@TheBlogfines 19m
    RT @HardballTalk: Mets have had internal discussions about trading for Ryan Braun http://wp.me/p14QSL-27dF

  • North Side Irish

    Bruce Miles ‏@BruceMiles2112 17s
    For those asking, #Cubs say Paniagua is not Rule 5 eligible

  • Alex

    Think somebody definetly takes loosen and has him throwing meaningful innings as a lefty out of the pen. Killed it in double a last year.

    • MikeW

      No he didnt

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        He looked pretty good late in his second stint with Tennessee. If someone saw him pitch then, I could see them taking a flyer on him.

    • Eric

      Loosen is a righty.

    • ssckelley

      I think Loosen is gone as well, I am surprised the Cubs protected Beeler over Loosen.

  • Eric

    I just learned that the Ottomon Empire was still around the last time my Cubbies won a World Series. Looks like I’ll be hitting the beer early tonight…

    • Greenroom

      Talk about perspective. I will join you. too funny

    • TWC

      My name is Otto, and I loooooove to get blotto.

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

      ***Cubs losing streak has lasted 46% of the time since the U.S. Constitution officially went into effect in 1789.

      Coca Cola still had cocaine in it as late as 1903.
      Radio first ‘AM transmission’ was in 1906.
      1st Model T came officially off the production line on Oct 1, 1908, just 9 days before Game 1 of the 1908 WS.
      $10000 in 1913 would equate to about $235,000. https://www.aier.org/article/48-cost-living-calculator

      92 million people lived in the United States in 1910. This was 16 million more than in 1900.

    • Frank

      A little over 6 thousand went to the last game of the world series in 1908 because of ticket scalpers. It was reported that the owner of the Cubs was in on it.

      • D-Rock

        Maybe that’s why we’re cursed, not because of a stupid goat!

  • Joey

    Nats DFA’ed Fernando Abad, he was solid in their bullpen this year and is only 27

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/abadfe01.shtml

    • Bret Epic

      I think he might be worth giving a shot to. Couldn’t be worse than Kameron Loe and his 3.7 HR/9 this year.

  • Brains

    apparently bud selig wont testify under oath at the a-rod hearings. ruh roh!

  • mjhurdle

    On a happy note, baseball as a whole is a better place now that Chris Carpenter has retired.

  • TWC

    Ugh. Ace, did you really use the phrase “The Show” to refer to MLB?

    And the last bastion of sanity has fallen.

    *sigh*

  • Joey

    Jon Heyman is reporting that Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler is agreed to…wow

    • MichiganGoat

      What????

      • Joey
        • MichiganGoat

          Well this is interesting… wonder if Ausmus really wanted this.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Wow.

            • MichiganGoat

              Yeah until the details of the trade are released I’m not sure who comes out the winner here.

        • Brains

          wasn’t i the one who thought we should trade for kinsler the other day? apparently winning teams agree with me, and you guys think every trade is a terrible idea.

          • TWC

            Why are you looking to pick fights — again? Are you just itching to be a prick tonight?

            • Brains

              everyone jumped on me like i was a lunatic for thinking that a veteran infielder might help the team, because apparently he’s owed more than 1 year, 3m. the tigers’ response? “take our second best hitter”.

              • TWC

                Literally none of that is true.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Trolls don’t believe is concepts like truth

            • MichiganGoat

              Well let’s see Brett has warned him multiple times today I’m guessing he just wants to meet Mr. BANHAMMER!

              • Brains

                i’ll be the first guy ever banned from a blog simply for using hyperbole and disagreeing with front office decisions. but i’ve been wondering if it’ll happen, there’s always the contingent of attack dogs who either try to censor or get other people banned over minor insignificant disagreements about procedural logistics.

                • MichiganGoat

                  aka spewing Bullshit!

                  • Brains

                    apparently i’m not blotted out afterall by my pal goat. does that mean you spent weeks repeatedly pretending to have a program?

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Nah on a friends computer but your idiotic trollish bullshit not being seen on my home computer is something I wish I had right now so I’ll just go back to ignoring a pathetic useless troll like yourself.

                    • Brains

                      busted! fantasy baseball and fantasy computer programs. too much st. louis beer for you.

                    • mjhurdle

                      we need the BleacherNation equivalent of AuthorBlocker.
                      Might not be a bad idea, but if i made one it would only work on Chrome :)

          • Jon

            Who should we have trade to get Kinsler? Both teams, given their situations where interested in veteran talent swaps, not prospects.

    • MichiganGoat
      • MichiganGoat

        Because that’s just “discussing” did he send a tweet out?

        • Joey
          • MichiganGoat

            That moved really quickly

        • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers
          • YourResidentJag

            And the stock for Shark just moved up.

          • YourResidentJag

            I smell a Fister/Porcello for Headley type deal coming.

            • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

              Dombrowski and Daniels both have win now! motivation. And the monies to play with…

              Fielder owed 168 million for 7 seasons.
              Kinsler owed at least 60M for 5 seasons. 7M more if the club picks up the option.

              100M difference.

              Texas does have a nice TV contract plus the MLB TV revenues coming in…so they don’t mind the bite, it wouldn’t seem. 3B Beltre is gone after 2015…Rios too.
              http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/TEX/2013-payroll-salaries.shtml

              Fielder in Texas! He’s gotta get 40+ jacks, easy???
              Lifetime .592 SLG in Texas in limited play….

              • YourResidentJag

                Yes I can see Fielder benefiting from park effects.

    • mjhurdle

      it is a done deal according to CBS and Heyman.
      Great move for both team imo.
      Rangers needed a big bat and a 1B, Tigers needed to get Cabrera off of third.

      • MichiganGoat

        If it’s a straight swap then yeah it’s great but if the Tigers are sending a ton of money I hope they get something else.

    • Brains

      anyone end up on the waiver lines on this for Jed?

  • Joey

    Hell of a deal for the Tigers, saves them tons of money (80 million+) and moves Cabrera back to 1st. Wonder what else is in the deal on their end

    • MichiganGoat

      Unless the Tigers are sending a ton of cash then it might be a steal for the Rangers.

  • mjhurdle

    cue the ‘OMG THE CUBS ARE CHEAP WHY DIDN’T THEY TRADE FOR FIELDER!!!” posts similar to the Josh Johnson signing yesterday :)

    • Jon

      One poster…lets not exaggerate

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Looks like like I’m going to be nervous the day of the Rule 5. Again.

    On the one hand, that’s a good sign.

    On the other hand it is still a good sign, but I hate waiting to find out who the Cubs lost this time.

  • jim

    Bruce Miles
    ‏@BruceMiles2112
    For those asking, #Cubs say Paniagua is not Rule 5 eligible

  • ssckelley

    I find it interesting the Cubs left 1 spot open on the 40 man roster, perhaps they have their eye on someone in the rule 5 draft.

  • YourResidentJag

    I wonder if the Cubs should take a flyer on Irving Falu.

  • cubsin

    I’m not worried about losing Loosen or Jokisch in the Rule 5 draft. Neither one has a ceiling that puts him at a high risk to be selected, and most prospects who are selected are returned. Both are behind Beeler, Cabrera, Raley, Rusin, Arrieta, Jackson, Wood and Samardzijah in the SP line, as well as any SP’s we add through free agency or trade. I suspect Kyle Hendricks would be added to the MLB roster if we needed another starter before Loosen or Jokisch got the call.

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