TCR Friday Notes

- The Cubs made their first roster cuts, trimming the roster by nine. They included pitchers, Billy Petrick, Esmailin Caridad, Jose Ceda and left-hander Geoff Jones. Also, outfielders Tyler Colvin and Andres Torres, infielder Bobby Scales, and catchers Wellington Castillo and Josh Donaldson.

- A few folks sent me links to their Cubs sites lately and wanted to menton kosukefukudome.org, which is naturally, all things Kosuke. There's also Cubs Chat Room, which looks like it puts together all the major Cubs blogs in one place and has an ongoing chat. And finally, Just One Bad Century, which sure looks promising. Anyone doing a retrospective on great Cubs mustaches throughout the years, is my kind of place. 

- You may have seen the recap of our MLB Open Fantasy League draft. You can have just as much fun by joining our second league. We're one to two players short of a full league, so drop me a line if you want to be part of the fun. I believe the draft is Saturday, March 22nd at 11am CST. 

- Steve Holley of Inside the Ivy is going to do a little Q&A with us sometime over the next couple of weeks. I'd like to get my questions to him next week, so if you want to ask anything about our minor leaguers, drop me a note in the comments.

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I for one am sad to see Beef Castillo go...

FYI Rob, you have an extra space at the end of the url in the One Bad Century link, so it doesn't work.

thanks...should be fixed.

He was one of the top candidates for the right-handed-hitting utility 4th OF spot. Does anyone think that us cutting him means we have another candidate for the 4th OF spot who isn't currently on the roster? The only other alternative I can think of is keeping both Murton and Fuld around and having Murton back up at corner OF and Fuld be the CF backup.

I would guess that we'll make that trade eventually. But if we don't, Murton stays and Cedeno probably is the backup/right-hitting center fielder.


If nothing happens before Opening Day:

Bench of:
Murton
Blanco
Cedeno
Ward
one of Jake Fox, Cintron, Fontenot, Eric Patterson or Fuld. I'd bet on Cintron out of that group.

Ronny Cedeno has played CF in Winterleague this offseason. He MIGHT be an option.

He's now played a game or two in the spring as well. No idea how he's looked though.



I don't think he was really a top candidate. He has a career MLB average of .210 in 257 ABs and a career minor league average of .268. He's a 30-year old career minor leaguer for a reason. And the Cubs would have to add him to the 40-man roster. Option A) I think is adding someone, option B) would be to work with what they have. Option C) Torres, was never really an option. In my opinion anyway.

By my count, we have one open spot on the 40-man and possibly two more opening by putting Guzman on the 60-day DL and returning Tim Lahey to the Twins (or whatever we do with him). 

Yeah, but they won't waste a spot on Torres, a minor leauge free agent whom no one really wants.

Cintron will likely be added too. If I remember he's still on a minor league contract for now.

Oh, no doubt that Torres sucks donkey balls, I just feel the need to drone on about our 40-man roster situation. :)



I would have put this in my notes if I had seen it yet: Top 5 NL Right Fielders by PROJECTED VORP in 2008

Corey Hart, MIL, .295, 35.5
Kosuke Fukudome, CHN, .303, 29.2
Jeremy Hermida, FLO, .296, 28.7
Matt Kemp, LAN, .287, 27.2
Lastings Milledge, WAS, .287, 22.2

That's encouraging about Kosuke, but how the heck is Brad Hawpe not in the top 5? (17.4 projected VORP btw).

lastings milledge?

i'm sure his 200Ks and 50 walks will blow people away and impress many. he sure didn't look slick vs. righties last season no matter what his #s show. playing in FLA/WAS/NYM/ATL parks sure wont help. at least his swing is fluid and has legit pop.

...and hermida? are you f'n kidding me? can he even get to 25 homers? linedrives in those NL East parks?

casey lambert...

killer curve...ordinary fastball...midget...reliever

anyway...has his fastball improved (low 90s rather than high 80s)? does he have or working on a 3rd pitch? cubs gonna keep him in relief (if he has a 3rd pitch developing/developed)?

Thanks...will pass it along...

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