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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  • Brilliant!

  • Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.

  • of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.

    ...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.

  • let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.

    -crapping out
    +they lost their playoff attempt

    there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.

  • I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.

  • Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."

  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work

  • Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!

  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page:

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.