Minor League Free Agent Targets, Red Sox Prospect Passes Away, and Other Bullets

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Minor League Free Agent Targets, Red Sox Prospect Passes Away, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors

I moved all the stuff over in the garage so that I could park my car in there now that morning frost season has arrived. Great job, Brett. Perfect timing. Because there was a terrible frost this morning.

And then I parked my car in the driveway last night.

  • Earlier this week, we noted the Cubs’ outgoing minor league free agents, and Baseball America now has the full list of minor league free agents for all teams. So if you want to go REALLY deep on options for the Cubs this offseason, there’s your extreme sleeper pool. I’d start with the organizations with good pitching depth at the big league level, and then look at some of their outgoing AAA/AA-level pitchers. You’ll also see the Cubs going after middle infield depth, likely with a focus on top defenders. Typically, there’s a wave of minor league signings here in November, and then you might not hear about others until late December/early January, when we’ll start to see the non-roster invitations for Spring Training coming out.
  • One random throwback name that I noticed departing the Indians on that list: Tim Cooney. Remember him? He was a lefty who rose quickly and successfully through the Cardinals’ organization before a shoulder procedure ended his 2016 season before it began. He started working his way back with the Indians last year, but didn’t get in much work. If he’s healthy now, he’s just 26, and would totally be worth a no-risk flyer. Or how about another lefty, Manny Banuelos? The former top Yankees prospect is also just 26, and was at AAA with the Angels last year with some nice peripherals when he was pitching out of the bullpen. And another 26-year-old lefty, Joe Mantiply, looks like a good one headed out from the Yankees. I could go on.
  • I keep waiting for the officially official announcement of Jim Hickey as the Cubs’ new pitching coach, which I assume is being paired with the official announcement on the bench coach (and, if that winds up being an internal promotion like Brandon Hyde, then also the announcement of the new first base coach). I don’t think there’s any concern that it’s not happening, but it’s taking a while to make official apparently. (UPDATE: It’s still not official, but Hyde will reportedly be the bench coach.)
  • In case you were wondering – I was – the Cardinals were NOT a revenue-sharing recipient last year, which means that, when qualified free agent Lance Lynn signs elsewhere, they will receive draft pick compensation after the second round, just like the Cubs.
  • Very sad news out of the Red Sox organization, as one of their top prospects, Daniel Flores, passed away while being treated for cancer. He was just 17 years old.
  • Anthony Rizzo, who battled cancer himself around the same age in the Red Sox organization, shared his condolences:

  • If you missed it last night, Rizzo won the MLBPA’s man of the year honors.
  • A small addendum to yesterday’s discussion about how poorly the Cubs rated in baserunning this year at FanGraphs, and how that was surprising given how well they rated in the years before – FullCountTommy points out that the Cubs actually rated in the top 10 in baserunning in BP’s statistical universe, which does suggest there’s some flukiness/noise in these numbers.
  • I get this reference, and it is awesome:

  • Also awesome:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.