Cubs Cut 7 More

Muskat reports the Cubs have optioned Kevin Hart and Randy Wells to Triple A. Outfielders Brad Snyder (who was already outrighted off the 40-man roster) and So Taguchi have been assigned to minor league camp, along with infielders Estaban German and Andres Blanco and catcher Mark Johnson. That gives Joey Gathright the final bench spot with just the decision between Paul Bako and Koyie Hill left for the backup catching duties.

A list of the final 30 players left in camp after the jump.

CATCHERS - Soto, Bako, Hill

INFIELDERS - Lee, Theriot, Miles, Fontenot, Ramirez, Hoffpauir

OUTFIELDERS - Soriano, Fukudome, Johnson, Bradley, Gathright

STARTING PITCHING: Zambrano, Dempster, Lilly, Harden, Marshall

RELIEF PITCHING:  Gregg, Marmol, Heilman, Vizcaino, Cotts, Gaudin, Patton, Guzman, Fox, Stanton, Samardzija

Samardzija seems certain he'll be optioned to Triple A, which makes it between Gaudin, Patton, Guzman, Fox and Stanton for the final 2 bullpen spots.


I can't really imagine a scenario where Stanton would get one of those two spots.

The easiest scenario would be to simply keep Gaudin and Guzman, and not add Fox or Stanton to the roster, and return Patton.

But it will be interesting to see how it shakes out. I wonder what they will do with Patton. Why would you draft a guy in the Rule 5 if when he does excel in spring training you can't keep him anyway? I mean, shouldn't that be the point? Hopefully they can work out a deal to keep him in the minors somehow at least.

Hopefully they can work out a deal to keep him in the minors somehow at least.

Rule 5 players cannot be demoted to the minors unless they've already passed through waivers. So there's a pretty tough gauntlet to pass before you could "work out a deal" with the original club.

2-run HR off Lilly in the first...take a guess by who?

Scott Eyre?

Chris Young. Then he threw his glove.

Derosa HR's again....

I like the time stamp on that comment, Rob.

if you have it set for Central Time. Which you don't. *sigh*

Lee goes out in the 5th after pulling up lame...

kinda worrisome some of the excess hasn't been traded yet.

even with a spotty spring i thought a.guzman would have found a new home by now.

z.greinke (KC) just struck out a.beltre (SEA) on a slow/sharp breaker called strike.

it was awesome cuz mr. mental greinke threw the ball and basically rode out of the end of his motion walking toward the dugout. he knew he had it...and he did.

beltre didn't know whether to be pissed at greinke or the ump so just sat there generally yelling. nothing came of

and seattle gets the lead over kc... 7-8 kc/sea the bottom 2nd

gee...wonder why mark cuban wasn't taken more seriously as a possible owner...$25,000

love his's all about him (again). he sure takes pride in not learning a lesson over and over and over.

psst, cuban...there's a team and an entire league that's more important than you...just ask what's left of steinbrenner about that.

you must not watch a lot of basketball....

right or wrong mark cuban revels in the attention.

watching basketball has nothing to do with an owner who consistantly makes an ass of himself, elevates himself above the game, and finds it funny to break rules and pay fines.

he consistently makes himself bigger than the game and loves the aftermath. it's little wonder MLB owners aren't too keen on the guy...much like steiny back in the day he doesn't have many friends as it is in the league he's already in.

maybe he should WATCH more basketball...

yea... it had nothing to do with money and cuban's interest.

oh wait...

Boy, I dont know how you can send Patton back at this point.

Perhaps this was the final face-off with Gaudin. I have to wonder if Gaudin even gets picked up if we cut him.

Rob G. how does it seem certain that Samardzija is headed to Iowa? On what info do you have you can make this statement. I just got back from AZ. and watched 6 games myself. I don't agree with you at all that Fox Stanton Guzman or Patton are our relief picthers. Patton only pitches when the starters are out of the game. Like the A's game when he came in the game the score was 19 - 2 cubs. He still gave up a double and a walk.

Rob G. how does it seem certain that Samardzija is headed to Iowa?

his 9.00 ERA and that he has options left while the other pitchers don't....

I don't agree with you at all that Fox Stanton Guzman or Patton are our relief picthers.

Barring a trade or injury, two of these 5 will make the team - Fox, Stanton, Gaudin, Guzman or Patton. If Harden goes on the DL to start the season, it might be 3 of those 5.

8.16 ERA

Before yesterday's game it was 8.93, which is effectively 9.00. But when it comes to ERA, arguing about 8.1 or 8.9 is pointless.

i swear when I looked it up before I posted it yesterday, it was 9.00, 13 ER in 13 IP...but whatever....

Just further proof that you hate Jeff, ninjas, and hunchbacks.

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.