40-man roster Moves
As expected, the Cubs added C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster, bringing the total to 39. No other Cub minor leaguer was added and its a long list of players that will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft, but unlikely any could stick on a MLB team’s 25-man roster for the 2015 season. Minor leaguers not on a team's 40-man roster who signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years or those signed at age 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, held Dec. 11 at the winter meetings.
With the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster or expose them to the Rule 5 draft, several teams made roster moves on Thursday. Here’s a look at the teams in the NL Central........Milwaukee added RHP Taylor Jungmann, SS Yadiel Rivera and LHP Michael Strong to the Brewers 40-man roster, now at 39......St. Louis added C Cody Stanely to 40-man roster......Pittsburgh claimed SS Pedro Florimon off waivers from Nationals. They added C Elias Diaz, OF Willy Garcia, RHP Nick Kingham and RHP Jameson Tallinn to the 40 man, designated C Ramon Cabrera and 1B Ike Davis for assignment, and outrighted IF Brent Morel to AAA Indianapolis.......Cincinnati added Amir Garrett and Kyle Waldrop.
Hot Stove News
With the Rule 5 draft deadline looming the transaction wire was a busy place. There were some minor deals made. The Dodgers traded RHP Greg Harris and RHP Jose Dominguez to Tampa for LHP Adam Liberatore and RHP Joel Peralta.....Rangers traded LF Daniel Robertson to Angels for a player to be named later. The Mariners traded 2B Ty Kelly to Cardinals for RHP Sam Gavigilo.
Venezuelan Winter League
Loiger Padron worked a scoreless 9th in Caracas 12-3 win over Magallanes. Padron only needed 10 pitches to retire the side to lower his ERA to 1.91.........Lefty Joseph Ortiz earned his third hold with 1.2 scoreless frames in La Guaria’s 6-4 win over Margarita. Ortiz has not allowed a run in seven games (5.2 IP).
Dominican Winter League
Junior Lake went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Estrellas’ 3-2 win over Toros.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Christian Villanueva slugged a two-run homer (3) in the bottom of the ninth to tie and game at 5-5 but Obregon fell to Mazatlan 6-5 in 10 innings. Villanueva finished 1-4 with a walk.
Puerto Rican Winter League
No Cubs prospects saw action.