Late game today and the Cubs inched closer to setting their opening day roster...
News and Notes...
- There are always stories as to why players choose numbers, but few are as personal as the reason why backup catcher Dioner Navarro asked to have #30. His wife went into surgery on September 30th with a brain aneurysm and was given a 4% chance to live. She is doing well and has no problems and Dioner has been wearing #30 since. Travis Wood previously wore #30 but gave it up and will now wear #37. "He understood", said Navarro.
- Meanwhile, Paul Sullivan writes that Navarro's great spring has increased his value. He's been a mentor to young Cubs catcher Welington Castillo and has shown he can still produce on the field.
- Gordon Wittenmeyer writes that Alfonso Soriano might be becoming indispensable to the Cubs, a far cry from when Soriano felt he was treated as a "negative" with the old regime once the team was no longer contending.
- The Cubs have informed IF Alberto Gonzalez and RHP Zach Putnam that they will not make the team. That essentially means Steve Clevenger has that 25th spot, though the Cubs will continue to search the waiver wire.
- I haven't talked about a lot of waiver wire players because, frankly, none have interested me all that much. Today, one player caught my eye. An interesting RH hitting infielder who was just released is Yankees AA 3B/2B David Adams. Adams has a good approach at the plate. He'll grind out ABs and look to make contact with 2 strikes. He has some power, hitting 8 HRs in 86 games and some scouts feel he as 15-20 HR potential. He is better at 3B and could serve as LuisValbuena's platoon partner and allow Brent Lillibridge to play a super-sub role. Given the Cubs early season shortage at 3B due to injuries, Adams might be worth a look.
Cubs face the Reds today at 9 pm CT and you can catch it on MLB.com audio.
- David DeJesus, CF
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Dave Sappelt, LF
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
- Welington Castillo, C
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Darwin Barney, 2B
- Jeff Samardzija, SP
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