Posts tagged "roster decisions"

Updated Cubs roster situation: Only bullpen still in flux

Updated Cubs roster situation: Only bullpen still in flux
There have been some unexpected developments today as it seems clear the front office is working to keep as many assets as possible.  Players with options are being sent down so that the Cubs can keep Lendy Castillo whom they would lose if they don’t make the Opening Day roster. The only thing left to... Read more »

Samardzija's start today could determine his role as Cubs move to finalize roster

Samardzija's start today could determine his role as Cubs move to finalize roster
We’re all assuming Jeff Samardzija has a spot in the rotation all but wrapped but that may not be the case. According to Dale Sveum, “Performance is everything. We have decisions to make tonight and part of his performance today will have something to do with those decisions.” It’s no coincidence that the Cubs have... Read more »

Sveum says Volstad in rotation and 5-6 spots in bullpen have been decided

Sveum says Volstad in rotation and 5-6 spots in bullpen have been decided
Some interesting news regarding the Cubs 2012 pitching staff just came into light via a couple of tweets from Jim Bowden of ESPN. The first tweet addressed the rotation… Dale Sveum told me the Cubs starting rotation will be Dempster, Garza, Volstad, Maholm with the 5th spot still open for grades. And then this regarding... Read more »
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BJax, Rizzo among latest roster cuts. Dempster opening day starter, Maholm 5th starter

 BJax, Rizzo among latest roster cuts. Dempster opening day starter, Maholm 5th starter
According to a tweet by CSN’s Patrick Mooney, both Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo were seen cleaning out their lockers, as the Cubs will be sending them to minor league camp and then AAA Iowa to start the season. Brett Jackson’s reaction, “Go to Iowa and knock the crap out of the ball.” Exactly the... Read more »

Update: Cubs should have kept Cardenas and dealt DeWitt

Update: Cubs should have kept Cardenas and dealt DeWitt
Timing on this article was slightly off, so now I’m updating this to reflect today’s decision to send Cardenas down and apparently keep DeWitt. I know that Blake DeWitt has impressed Dale Sveum from day one.  He looked like an early lock to win his roster spot back from Adrian Cardenas, who scuffled out of... Read more »

Welington Castillo or Steve Clevenger?

Welington Castillo or Steve Clevenger?
There are a few races left for spots on the opening day roster. There’s some jobs left in the bullpen. Adrian Cardenas is making a late run at Blake DeWitt, and perhaps a spot or two in the rotation.  Normally nobody pays much attention to the backup catcher role, but that may be the tightest... Read more »
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Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition

Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition
It looks like things are really starting to clear up at this point with just a couple of weeks left to go in the spring.  The biggest questions are for the last 3 spots in the bullpen, where the Cubs still have 6 viable candidates, 3 of whom are out of options and another who... Read more »

Lendy Castillo's chances to make Cubs continue to improve

Lendy Castillo's chances to make Cubs continue to improve
Lendy Castillo was unique as a Rule 5 pick.  Most players are available because they’ve spent 4-5 years in the minors without showing enough progress to make the 40 man roster.  Even the best Rule 5 picks, like  former Cub Ryan Flaherty, tend to have lower ceilings because of their modest progression up the minor... Read more »

Prospects Vitters, Szczur, and Beliveau among latest Cubs roster cuts

Prospects Vitters, Szczur, and Beliveau among latest Cubs roster cuts
Patrick Mooney of CSN tweeted the following today, Cubs option Beliveau, Cabrera, Gaub, Vitters to Triple-A Iowa. Szczur, Lake heading to Double-A Tennessee. Jaramillo to minor-league camp. No real surprises here and it goes a long way toward clearing up some of the roster battles… The early cut of Jeff Beliveau is the biggest surprise... Read more »
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Could Joe Mather make Jeff Baker expendable earlier than expected?

Could Joe Mather make Jeff Baker expendable earlier than expected?
Up until now, we’ve all assumed Joe Mather was competing for a spot with Tony Campana, but with Wrigley Field playing as a big ballpark early in the season, Campana’s speed off the bench could be an asset for a team that may have to scratch for every run this season. Yet, Mather has clearly... Read more »