Every November, teams let go literally dozens of players from their minor-league systems. Some of these players at one time were high draft picks; they obviously never panned out for various reasons. Others have had some big-league experience.
Here’s the full list of minor-league free agents, via Baseball America.
19 of those players were in the Cubs organization this year:
RHP: Andury Acevedo (AAA), Frank Batista (AAA), Cole Brocker (AA), Aaron Crow (AAA), Stephen Fife (AAA), Miguel Mejia (AAA), Starling Peralta (AA), Drew Rucinski (AAA)
LHP: Scott Barnes (AAA), Brian Matusz (AAA), Joe Thatcher (AAA)
C: Tim Federowicz (AAA), David Freitas (AA)
2B: Logan Watkins (AAA)
SS: Kris Negron (AAA)
OF: Lane Adams (AAA), Kelly Dugan (AA), Matt Murton (AAA), Juan Perez (AAA)
Quite a number of those players, including Acevedo, Rucinski, Negron and Perez, played in spring-training games for the Cubs this year. Federowicz and (famously) Matusz appeared in big-league games during the regular season for the Cubs.
The Cubs have already re-signed one of these players to a minor-league deal:
The other reason I am posting this is for you to look through that link and see if you can identify minor-league free agents who could help the Cubs in 2017, either for the big-league team or as injury insurance in the minors. There are plenty of people with significant major-league experience on that list, as well as some ex-Cubs you will certainly recognize.
Is there any possible help here? The Cubs will certainly make some more minor-league signings in the coming weeks.