Cubs Invite 21 to Camp; Sign Michael Wuertz
The Cubs signed Michael Wuertz for $1.1M today, thus avoiding any ghastly arbitration cases with any of their players. Not including auto-renewals - which Arizona Phil on the right sidebar estimates at around $3.5M total - the Cubs payroll for 2009 is at $134.1M, so they still have a few million in wiggle room.
They also released their NRI list for spring training.
Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Mark Johnson
Darwin Barney, Andres Blanco, Bobby Scales, Luis Rivas
Doug Deeds, Jason Dubois, So Taguchi
Pitchers (* indicates a lefty)
*Ed Campusano, *J.R. Mathes, *Matt Smith, *Mike Stanton, *Jason Waddell, *Bill White, Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Chad Fox,
Ken Kadokura, Rocky Roquet.
Yeah, that's right...Jason Dubois!!!!!!! I look forward to the Hollandsworth vs. Dubois debates rekindling.