Prospects in PR, Former Cubs Prospect Gets Big-League Deal, Missing Knuckleballs, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Prospects in PR, Former Cubs Prospect Gets Big-League Deal, Missing Knuckleballs, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The Chris Cornell cover of GnR’s ‘Patience’ is kinda everywhere right now, and dang it’s so good. Makes me sad.

•   The Cy Young awards are announced tonight, with Yu Darvish up against Trevor Bauer and Jacob deGrom. I think Darvish has a really good chance at winning a close one over Bauer – it *should* be close – but it sounds like he’s thinking he finishes third:

•   We’re gonna get some Cubs prospects playing winter ball, including Miguel Amaya and Trent Giambrone in Puerto Rico:

•   A reminder that the winter leagues in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela *are* the competitive, highest-level professional leagues in those countries. They are *not* developmental leagues for MLB players and prospects. So, if you’re gonna be added to a team and if you’re gonna get playing time, you have to earn it. The experience can be enormously beneficial, though, and I can’t wait to see if Amaya earns playing time, even at 21, after an otherwise very limited season in 2020. Hopefully more prospects will get time in the other leagues, too, starting later this month.

•   Interesting signing here, not so much that the Cubs old Director of Baseball Operations (Scott Harris, now the GM of the Giants) would want to snag a former Cubs prospect, but instead because it took a big league deal to do it:

•   Back when they had a roster decision on him, the Cubs sent Vosler to the Padres for Rowan Wick, a guy on whom the Cubs preferred to use a 40-man roster spot. I doubt the Cubs have any complaints on how that played out. Vosler went on to hit about 13% better than league average at AAA in 2019 for the Padres – that’s about what we thought he could be – but was not ultimately added to their 40-man or called up during the 2020 season. Thus, he hit minor league free agency last week at age 27, and the Giants immediately pounced. There isn’t a *huge* difference between signing Vosler now to a big league deal and instead signing him to a minor league deal and then later adding him to the 40-man roster, but it’ll mean slightly more compensation for Vosler right out of the gate next year (even if he’s optioned to the minors to start the season). Good for him, and clearly, the Giants believe he can at least be a bench guy as soon as next year.

•   John Baker’s farewell to the Cubs and the Cubs community:

•   Chargers, toys, Harry Potter, and much more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon. #ad

•   This White Sox thing, man, it’s just such a downer for that organization after so much uplift from 2020:

•   Man that’s a beautiful knuckleball:

•   Can we get some knuckleballers back in the game in 2021? You want entertainment, a knuckleball starter is entertaining every time. Heck, the league should say, if you start a knuckleballer and let him throw at least 80 pitches, you get a free run. Boom. Entertainment.

•   This is very nice, if you haven’t seen it yet:

•   People had a lot of fun with this:

•   Honoring Veterans today:

Author: Brett Taylor

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