Wednesday at 11 p.m. CT is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from next month's Rule 5 draft.
And, late this afternoon, we got the answer as to who the Cubs are adding to the roster:
Not a huge shock Cubs add inf Arismemdy Alcantara and P Dallas Beeler to 40 man roster which stands at 39— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 20, 2013
Why, just yesterday our own Tim Huwe was asking whether it would be worth adding Beeler to the roster, and the Cubs answered "Yes." I agree with that move -- Beeler showed enough during the Arizona Fall League, in my view, to give himself a shot at the 2014 major-league bullpen, at the very least, and maybe even compete for a rotation spot.
The addition of Arismendy Alcantara (there's a typo in the tweet above) was pretty much a given, after his showing in the minor leagues during 2013 and his home run in the 2013 Futures Game.
The Cubs' 40-man roster stands at 39 players after these two additions.