Most of the Cubs headlines centered on the coaching staff, but it was a busy afternoon in the minors. Between reports from Baseball America and The Cub Reporter, the Cubs struck while the iron was hot and re-signed eight of their own MiLB free agents.
Remaining in the organization will be Corey Black, Charcer Burks, Roberto Caro, Oscar De La Cruz, Luke Hagerty, Erick Castillo, Luis Lugo, and Jhonny Pereda. None of this is particularly shocking, but there are so many moving parts in the minors this time of year that it can be difficult to follow everything.
Most of these players are going to be given a crack at Triple-A next year given their experience and progress. De La Cruz, Caro, Pereda, and Lugo are coming off somewhat successful campaigns in 2019 and it’s good that they’ll get one more shot to make it as Cubs.
Hagerty actually announced that he had re-upped a while back on Twitter, which was great to see. At 38 years old and after missing all of 2019 due to elbow surgery, he’s going to give it another go. That’s even more impressive when you know the story of how he came back after years away to push his velocity near triple digits.
Black has missed the better part of three summers and is still out there trying to fulfill his dream.
Signing automatically makes these players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, unless the Cubs add them to the 40-man roster on or by November 20. That means there’ll be yet another round of moves coming in a couple weeks.