dominican flagDay Three of Daddy Duty begins. Thankfully, The Mother has arrived to assist. The Little Boy scoffs at sleep. Me tired.

  • A profile on Cubs third base prospect Jeimer Candelario, who is participating in the DWL this year despite being just 19 (he turns 20 tomorrow) – Candelario is already big on giving back in the Dominican Republic, which is great to see from such a young man (seriously, read the piece and tell me you don’t think he’s just an awesome dude).┬áCandelario didn’t quite have the breakout at low-A this year that many were projecting (.256/.346/.396), but he did have a very solid .343 wOBA and a 12% walk rate. All in all, very good numbers from a 19-year-old in the Midwest League. He could start the year as the everyday third baseman at High-A Daytona next year, where he’d figure to be one of the youngest players in the league (possibly with his teammate Albert Almora). Remember when third base was a serious organizational deficiency? That was so last year. Now there’s Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Christian Villanueva, Jeimer Candelario …
  • Cubs prospects from the AFL speak with the Smokies Radio Network about their Winter plans.
  • Chris Cotillo reports that Cubs’ minor league free agent pitcher Yeiper Castillo is signing with the Angels. Castillo had some success late in the year at AA after starting the year fantastically at High-A, but control problems lingered. The Cubs, who had signed Castillo on a minor league deal the year before, apparently saw enough to let him give it a go with another organization. Castillo turned 25 in September.
  • It sounds like the Cubs won’t be doing the annual Cubs Caravan anymore, in which players and coaches had visited schools and other locations throughout the state in the offseason for a few days. Instead, the Cubs will focus on Chicago community projects, per the Peoria Journal Star.
  • Cubs fans really chipped in to help out victims of the tornados downstate over the weekend.
  • Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration case has wrapped, and a decision is expected after the holidays. That is significant because, if he’s suspended for the 2014 season, at least, the Yankees will have an additional $25 million to spend under the luxury tax cap. If you’re a big-time free agent with whom the Yankees have been speaking, aren’t you going to want to wait to see whether they’ve got the money to spend on you before inking with another team? I really wonder if we’re going to see a hold-up because of this, and the delayed Masahiro Tanaka posting. Remember the trickle down effect: Free Agent A is waiting on the ARod decision (because the Yankees are waiting), so Team X has to wait on Free Agent A’s decision. Meanwhile, Team Y would like to make a trade with Team X, but Team X is waiting on Free Agent A for that position. And Team Y might sign Free Agent B, but only if they can’t make that trade. So Team Z has to wait on a decision from Free Agent B, who thinks he might get more money from Team Y. And so on and so on.
  • Two more writers/scouts are leaving Baseball Prospectus for big league jobs.


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