Cubs Projected 25-Man Roster

The Cubs are a wasteland of news at the moment. Let's look at how Project .500 is doing...

Starting 8 (total guesses right now):

vs. righties: DeWitt, Castro, Pena, Ramirez, Colvin, Soriano, Byrd, Soto

Bench: Fukudome, Baker, Hill, Barney, Guyer or other outfielder

vs. lefties: Baker, Castro, Ramirez, Pena, Byrd, Soriano, Soto, Fukudome

Bench: Colvin, DeWitt, Hill, Barney, Guyer or other outfielder

Starting 5: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Gorzelanny, Cashner or Silva

Bullpen: Marmol, Wood, Marshall, Grabow, Cashner or Silva, Samardzija, 1 of Russell, Caridad, Berg, Maine, Rice, Diamond, Coleman or Chad Fox.

The hints from Levine are that Colvin will get the bulk of playing time over Fukudome who would sort of super-sub throughout the week. Personally Fukudome is about the only leadoff option the team has right now against righties, so we'll see if that changes over spring training. My guess at a lineup versus righties is just that, a guess. Managers tend to like alternating lefties and righties so I could see that as an option.

The better bet and what I'd try with the current personal is Fukudome, Castro, Pena, Ramirez, Soto, Soriano, Byrd, DeWitt and I think spots 3-7 could all be shifted depending on the hot hand. You could also try Fukudome, Castro, Ramirez, Soto, Pena, Soriano, Byrd, DeWitt to break up the righties in the middle of the order(and have Pena and Soriano leave a shit load of runners on base) and it does depend if Aramis rebounds this season (let's hope for a rebound contract year).

The bullpen actually looks pretty good at the moment, but those have a way of being unpredictable. The rotation, well guess it depends on which Z we get and if Wells bounces back a little. It's solld, but definitely behind the Cards, Brewers and most likely Reds at this point.

Comments

What does this have to do with the Bears? More seriously, it looks like Project .500 is proceeding rather nicely, although it could be a struggle to get there. I think Colvin will have to earn that bench spot, though.

Looks more like project .475

Jacos, I agree. When I saw that list, I thought 81 wins would be amazing. Considering they will likely be the 4th best team in the division, I think 77 wins is about the best we can hope for as the team is currently assembled. Amazing what a $140 MM payroll gets you. Thanks Teflon Jim!! Sign him up for another 3 years. Fire Hendry!

MANNY!!!!!!!!!! Good to hear from you. Don't be a stranger. Go on previous thread and enjoy some fun Bears talk.

Seconded on the first part, welcome back. I don't think 77 wins is the best we can "hope for", but it's probably a fair over/under. If the rotation stays healthy, if Ramirez stays healthy and rebounds with Pena etc etc, there's still the talent to win a lot of games. It's a lot of "ifs" though.

Other than Larry Bird, I can't think of a front office guy who's deserved his long employment tenure less than Jim Hendry?

Elgin Baylor?

C'mon, jacos, at least let me DREAM about .500 during the offseason.

I'm with ya brotha. I won't bring it up again until ST. Happy New Years.

MANNY! Enjoy Penn State in a Bowl game! Guess JoPA is gonna have to die on the field before they replace him, huh? Go Big Ten! Go Bears! Go Cutler! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! I'm going 74-88 for the 2011 Cubs. Just am not confident much after the first two starters.

I have posted this before, but here are what I think will probably be the most likely Opening Day rosters throughout the Cubs organization in 2011, as things stand right now and very much subject to change (trades, DL, etc)... * bats or throws left # bats both <b>CHICAGO CUBS</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: Justin Berg Andrew Cashner Ryan Dempster * Tom Gorzelanny * John Grabow Carlos Marmol * Sean Marshall Jeff Samardzija Carlos Silva Randy Wells Kerry Wood Carlos Zambrano <b>CATCHERS</b>: # Koyie Hill Geovany Soto <b>INFIELDERS</b>: Jeff Baker Darwin Barney Starlin Castro * Blake DeWitt * Carlos Pena Aramis Ramirez <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: Marlon Byrd * Tyler Colvin * Kosuke Fukudome * Sam Fuld Alfonso Soriano <b>IOWA</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: David Cales Esmailin Caridad Chris Carpenter Casey Coleman Thomas Diamond * John Gaub Jay Jackson * Scott Maine Marcos Mateo * James Russell Brian Schlitter Jeff Stevens <b>CATCHERS</b>: Welington Castillo Robinson Chirinos <b>INFIELDERS</b>: * Matt Camp * Bryan Lahair * Scott Moore Nate Samson # Bobby Scales (player-coach) Marquez Smith Tony Thomas <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: * James Adduci Brandon Guyer * Brad Snyder Ty Wright <b>TENNESSEE</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: Chris Archer * Jeffrey Beliveau * Ryan Buchter Alberto Cabrera Rafael Dolis Ty'Relle Harris Trey McNutt * Brooks Raley * Chris Rusin Aaron Shafer Kyle Smit * Luke Sommer <b>CATCHERS</b>: * Steve Clevenger Chris Robinson <b>INFIELDERS</b>: # Marwin Gonzalez Junior Lake D. J. Lemahieu * Blake Lalli Rebel Ridling Josh Vitters <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: * Tony Campana * Ryan Flaherty * Brett Jackson * Matt Spencer <b>DAYTONA</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: * Jeffry Antigua Yohan Gonzalez Su-Min Jung Aaron Kurcz * James Leverton Robinson Lopez * Jeff Lorick Oswaldo Martinez Dae-Eun Rhee Ryan Searle Nick Struck Brett Wallach Robert Whitenack <b>CATCHERS</b>: Michael Brenly Luis Flores <b>INFIELDERS</b>: * Justin Bour * Matt Cerda * Hak-Ju Lee # David Macias Jonathan Mota * Logan Watkins <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: * Kyler Burke Evan Crawford Jae-Hoon Ha * Nelson Perez <b>PEORIA</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: Frank Batista Dallas Beeler * Brent Ebinger * Cam Greathouse Jin-Yeong Kim * Austin Kirk Matt Loosen * Marcos Perez Austin Reed Kevin Rhoderick Juan Yasser Serrano Larry Suarez Ben Wells <b>CATCHERS</b>: # Micah Gibbs Chad Noble <b>INFIELDERS</b>: # Arismendy Alcantara * Ryan Cuneo * Richard Jones Pierre LePage Brandon May Elliot Soto <b>OUTIELDERS</b>: Reggie Golden D. J. Fitzgerald Jesus Morelli Matt Szczur <b>EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (BOISE/MESA)</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: * Hunter Ackerman Justin Bristow (rehab) Dustin Fitzgerald Angel Guzman (rehab) * Cody Hams * Casey Harman Ryan Hartman Alvido Jumenez * Eric Jokisch Luis Liria Hector Mayora * John Mincone (rehab) Jon Nagel (rehab) Amaury Paulino Starling Peralta Eric Rice Colin Richardson Jhon Rodriguez Melvin Rosa (rehab) Jose Rosario Bryce Shafer Hayden Simpson * Brian Smith Alvaro Sosa (ex-C) Charles Thomas (ex-3B) Tzu-An Wang Yao-Lin Wang <b>CATCHERS</b>: * Sergio Burruel Max Kwan # Engel Santana Carlos Romero * Jeff Vigurs <b>INFIELDERS</b>: Gioskar Amaya # Vismeldy Bieneme Willson Contreras * Pin-Chieh Chen Dustin Geiger * Wes Darvill Albert Hernandez # Marco Hernandez Jake McAloose <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: * Delbis Arcila Xavier Batista Anthony Giansanti Dong-Yub Kim (rehab) * Kyung-Min Na Cody Shields # Oliver Zapata <b>NO ROOM AT THE INN AT THIS TIME</b> <b>PITCHERS</b>: Austin-Bibens-Dirkx Rogelio Carmona Marco Carrillo Hung-Wen Chen Manolin DeLeon Eduardo Figueroa Steve Grife Gian Guzman Marcus Hatley Dylan Johnston Danny Keefe Alessandro Maestri Corey Martin * J. R. Mathes Tarlandus Mitchell Craig Muschko Jake Muyco Blake Parker Mike Parisi Mike Perconte * Scott Rice Carlos Rojas * Chris Siegfried * Polin Trinidad Joe Zeller <b>CATCHERS</b>: Jose Guevara <b>INFIELDERS</b>: Melvin Camarena * Jake Opitz Greg Rohan <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: Smaily Borges Chris Huseby * Alvaro Ramirez Blair Springfield # Jose Valdez <b>RELEASED POST-2010</b>: <b>PITCHERS</b>: Jadel Mendez * Jeremy Papelbon David Patton Andres Quezada <b>INFIELDERS</b>: George Matheus <b>LEFT VIA MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENCY</B> <b>PITCHERS</b>: Mitch Atkins (signed with BAL) Jeff Gray (signed with CHW) <b>CATCHERS</b>: * Mark Johnson (retired - will be manager at EXST & Boise) Mario Mercedes (still FA) * Mark Reed (still FA) <b>INFIELDERS</b>: Russ Canzler (signed with TB) Scott McClain (retired - will be U. S. scout for Hiroshima Carp) <b>OUTFIELDERS</b>: Jason Dubois (retired - will be hitting coach with AZL Cubs) <b>LOST IN RULE 5 DRAFT</b>: <b>PITCHERS</b>: * Casey Lambert (selected by BAL in AAA Phase) Ronny Morla (selected by NYM in AAA Phase)

Interesting AZ PHIL: Please give me your .02 on Justin Berg. What does he have that you believe would give him enough to make the big club (I know your list <i>is</i> subject to change, of course)? I just don't see it the times I have seen him at Wrigley. Perhaps he was more effective earlier in the year, but IIRC, he got sent back down after getting shelled a few outings in a row? I mean aren't any of the AA or AAA guys (not including the projected starters) better than Berg right now? Or do they suffer even worse control problems? Also, with respect to Diamond, what's his contract situation and what is it about his skill-set that the Cubs want to keep him around? Cheapness? It seems as if his good days, as few as there were, are behind him even though he was a #1 Rangers draft pick. Yes, I know he throws in the high 90's, but batters were not fooled at all. What say ye PHIL??

Submitted by The E-Man on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 4:25pm. Interesting AZ PHIL: Please give me your .02 on Justin Berg. What does he have that you believe would give him enough to make the big club (I know your list is subject to change, of course)? I just don't see it the times I have seen him at Wrigley. Perhaps he was more effective earlier in the year, but IIRC, he got sent back down after getting shelled a few outings in a row? I mean aren't any of the AA or AAA guys (not including the projected starters) better than Berg right now? Or do they suffer even worse control problems? Also, with respect to Diamond, what's his contract situation and what is it about his skill-set that the Cubs want to keep him around? Cheapness? It seems as if his good days, as few as there were, are behind him even though he was a #1 Rangers draft pick. Yes, I know he throws in the high 90's, but batters were not fooled at all. What say ye PHIL?? ======================================= E-MAN: There is one spot open on the Cubs pitching staff going into Spring Training, and I think Justin Berg is the front-runner (at this time) because the Cubs like his durability and make-up. He wants the ball and can throw every day. When the Cubs made call-ups last September, they did not recall Caridad, Stevens, Gaub, or Schlitter, but they did bring up Berg. That said, there are a number of candidates for that one spot, and while Berg probably has the inside track going into Spring Training, I would say Caridad, Russell, Mateo, and Maine would probably have just about as good a chance of making the Cubs Opening Day roster as Berg, Marcos Mateo threw the ball pretty well in the DWL, and he also pitched OK in September, so he could very take the job. Or somebody else not on the radar might surprise the Cubs in Spring Training and pitch his way onto the 25-man roster and into the bullpen. I'm sure the Cubs will be interested to see if Angel Guzman can comeback from his shoulder surgery, although it's probably a long-shot. As for Thomas Diamond, he has one minor league option left, and will likely be in the starting rotation at AAA Iowa again in 2011, although he is also is a candidate to get traded in a deal for a minor league player or pitcher who is not on a 40-man roster. Diamond pitched for Cubs Assistant GM Randy Bush when Bush was head baseball coach at the University of New Orleans, and I think that is the main reason the Cubs claimed him off waivers when they did. Diamond does not throw as hard as he did prior to his arm problems, but he does rack up the strikeouts and looks like he could be a #5 starter on a few MLB clubs. (He was the starting pitcher for the PCL in the AAA All-Star Game last July). While I think he probably is best-suited to be a starter, he likely won't get that opportunity again with the Cubs, so he will have to compete for the one open bullpen spot in ST.

Thanks AZ PHIL

The Hardball Times top 10 Cubs prospects...it's interesting to me that Hak-Ju Lee is up to #4 which means Vitters is sinking like a rock in their eyes. http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/fantasy/article/2011-top-10-prospects-chicago-cubs-and-st.-louis-cardinals/

A lot of people were down on Mike Moustakas following his '09 season, as well. Let's see if his draft twin can start to work the count this year and have his own "breakout" season.

Man, that writer is extremely critical of all 10 Cubs prospects. Then scroll down and he praises the Cardinals prospects like they are the second coming of JC.

DLee realizes his options are disappearing and takes a 1 year deal with Orioles. O's have improved quite a bit this offseason. I don't know if they can realistically make the playoffs in that division but the are much better. DLee, Brian Roberts, JJ Hardy, and Mark Reynolds replaces last year's INF of Wigginton, Roberts, Izturis, and Tejada. They have a decent young OF, Wieters at catcher, Racist DH Luke Scott, and a bunch of good looking young pitchers.

good ol' markkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk reynolds. he at least plays a decent 3rd to go with the power.

around $8M base and Tim Brown of yahoo says incentives could take it to $10M.

I dare say the O's will finish with a better record than the Cubs 2011.

unfortunately the O's still have to go out there and have people throw baseballs to other hitters when they're not at bat. btw...speaking of low-end teams...the A's have once again forgotten you need bats to back up killer pitching. i think they have 1, maybe 2 guys, capable of 20+ homers on their team and they're matsui + willingham. you'd think they'd "get" by now that having a slew of guys who can take walks, but can't run well, need a little help getting through the basepaths. A's are also out there supposedly looking more bullpen help, too. they're building a true pitching and defense team out there.

The A's had the best known offer out to Beltre for six weeks.

I'm just sort of sad to see the last thread closed. I was so looking forward to fighting with you, Real. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wish you a fucking happy new year. Cheers to you dude, you are a good debater.

Someone should write a book about how Billy Beane sucks.

and call it Moneyballs.

I just love all of you guys. Yes even Real Neal. I for one enjoys RN's steadfastness. To me, that's what life is about. Guys like Real Neal, in a bar, a guy you almost want to bloody the teeth of, but, you know you can't, because he talks stuff in your face that makes sense and you go, ok, at least it makes me think. I want to blast him open, but dammit, he's just too fun to talk to. So, Happy New Years to you all. Even the Real Neals of the world. Oh, and for all you young Cub fans out there, relax, and enjoy Project .500 as it winds its way around the next century. You will find a Cubs hero to latch onto. And then, you will enjoy bliss.

Happy New Year to all the TCR faithfuls as well, even you damned group-think trolls ; ) Let's go NU! Life will be sweet around here if the Big 10 can go 3-0 versus the Big 12.

As of 4:00 CST, its ironic that NU's game was at least competitive compared to Mich and Mich St. The school still does not know that defense is part of a football game. Penn St. not too shabby, but so far the Big Ten not looking good so far.

It would be cool if coach pat could teach his his kids to wrap a tackle.

Agree Neal. It certainly is odd considering he was a prolific college LB and HOF. Apparently, they can't recruit impact defensive players lately. Corey Wooten's been gone two years.

Yes but many years from today Corey Wooten will be the answer to a trivia question, lets just hope he has a few more moments in his career.

http://www.thecubreporter.com/cubs-peace-earth-card#comment-171585 as I said, Bears will get AFC West and NFC South next year along with Seahawks and Eagles http://twitter.com/BradBiggs Home: Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota. Road: New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota

Not an easy schedule, especially now that Detroit is becoming a legitimate franchise again. Nice to get the good teams from the AFC West at home, though.

Weird how the Bears are playing Seattle again at home - two years in a row. I don't understand this. The Bears also played Atlanta on the <i>road</i> two years in a row. WTF?

Seems like they play the Eagles every year.

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