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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  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
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  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

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    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

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  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.