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Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer
I’m mildly surprised. Caratini makes MLB team over Gimenez. — Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 24, 2018 Joe Maddon and the front office has decided to make the decision of bat over defense in terms of catcher. The path may have been cleared from Yu Darvish’s stated preference of Willson Contreras at the outset, but it... Read more »

Grimm Choice or Help Wanted? (or What Lame Pun Do I Get to Make Through April?)

Grimm Choice or Help Wanted? (or What Lame Pun Do I Get to Make Through April?)
This has been described as a low drama spring for the Cubs. The roster has been virtually set since the Yu Darvish signing in mid February. The only real questions were who would be the back up catcher, and who would be given the prestigous role of 13th pitcher in Joe Maddon’s staff. The decisions... Read more »

Cubs claim Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz off waivers. Roster at 40 again

Cubs claim Eulogio "Frankie" De La Cruz off waivers. Roster at 40 again
According to MLB Depth Charts via Twitter, #Cubs claim RHP Eulogio ‘Frankie’ De La Cruz off waivers from the #Brewers. He’s out of options.#Cubs now have a full 40-man roster. De La Cruz is a somewhat stocky 5’10”, 215 lb, 28 year old right-handed reliever who pitched 13 innings for the Brewers last season.  He finished with a... Read more »
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9 things to consider when projecting 2012 Cubs roster

9 things to consider when projecting 2012 Cubs roster
This isn’t going to be the second edition of my roster predictions, though that is coming soon.  This piece is more about the decisions that go into putting a roster together — and we’ll use the 2012 Cubs to illustrate some of those points. It isn’t purely about competition, as much as sometimes we’d like... Read more »

Spring Training Surprise Candidate: Samardzija...as a starter

Spring Training Surprise Candidate: Samardzija...as a starter
Back in September, I projected Jeff Samardzija as a starter.  As you might expect, there are both positive and negatives to this potential conversion.   Things have also changed since then.  One change is that trades/transactions this offseason have changed the makeup of the roster.  It left the Cubs with more depth in the rotation... Read more »

Camp surprise candidate: Blake Parker

Camp surprise candidate: Blake Parker
Every spring there seems to be a surprise player who either makes the team or puts himself on the radar for the near future.  Last year Welington Castillo rebounded from a mediocre 2010 minor league season and had a big spring, re-established his status as the Cubs top catching prospect, and eventually got the call... Read more »
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Fearless Roster Prediction (Early Spring Edition): Cubs likely to have very few roster battles

Fearless Roster Prediction (Early Spring Edition): Cubs likely to have very few roster battles
Okay, so maybe it’s not quite that fearless.  Usually when you have a bad team with a whole lot of turnover on the roster, you’d think there would be quite a bit of competition for spots in the lineup and the rotation.  Apparently there won’t even be a whole lot of spring battles for spots... Read more »

Are the Cubs a better team in 2012?

Are the Cubs a better team in 2012?
The offseason is pretty close to being over.  Things can still happen, of course.  The Soler signing is still out there.  The compensation issue continues to be unresolved.  And, while it’s unlikely at this point, the Cubs could still trade Garza if and when the right deal ever comes along. The 2012 roster, however, is... Read more »

What the heck is Carlos Silva complaining about?

This is what Carlos Silva had to say upon hearing he would not make the team… “It’s like when you have something to say, be straight,  He (new pitching coach Mark Riggins) has to learn he’s in the big leagues now. You know what I mean? The way he laid it out, I don’t know... Read more »
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Cubs Notes: Silva to be released? Russell makes team, Looper retires

According to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman, the Cubs will release Carlos Silva.  The same exec said that Andrew Cashner will be the Cubs fifth starter. If the rumor is true, it would seem that the Cubs were just keeping Silva in the picture to drum up trade interest, but the Yankees and Nationals (the... Read more »