25-Man Roster Update

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Let's take a revised look at what we might expect the Cubs Opening Day Roster to look like after the recent series of moves.


Starters

C - Geovany Soto

1B - Derrek Lee

2B - *Mike Fontenot

3B - Aramis Ramirez

SS - Ryan Theriot

LF - Alfonso Soriano

CF - *Kosuke Fukudome

RF - #Milton Bradley

Bench

C - *Paul Bako

OF - Reed Johnson

OF - *Joey Gathright

INF - #Aaron Miles

INF/OF - *Micah Hoffpauir

Starting Pitching

#1 - Carlos Zambrano

#2 - Ryan Dempster

#3 - *Ted Lilly
#4 - Rich Harden
#5 - Aaron Heilman

Bullpen

#1 (Closer) - Carlos Marmol

#2 (Set-Up) - Kevin Gregg

#3 - Luis Vizcaino

#4 - *Neal Cotts

#5 - Chad Gaudin

#6 - Angel Guzman

#7 - *Sean Marshall

Moving Wuertz opens up a spot in the bullpen for the loser of the 5th starter job and sometime during spring training, Lou is going to say he wants two lefties in the pen. Hoffpauir gets the final bench spot at the moment, that is until they sign Rich Aurilia, Nomar Garciaparra or Kevin Millar. If Harden starts the year on the disabled list, then I'd expect Marshall in the rotation and Jeff Samardzija or an NRI invitee to take the final bullpen spot. Of course, Samardzija may end up with a starter's job and Heilman and/or Marshall will end up in the pen. 

Comments

I know scouts suck and all, not when someone has a 10.5 WARPWARWINSHREPECOTA score and I can rub it in your face from the safety of my Internet connection (end rant), but Gary Hughes inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090203&c...

what do you get with that? a gold plated watch and a handshake?

and a steak dinner....

"And a Fish Sandwich" - Leon Phelps

phew...that pen is gonna walk some guys.

and hopefully guzman wont give up 1000000 homers.

Biggest problem with letting Wood walk is now you take your top "Come in in a bind and strike out three clowns" guy and move him from being flexible to being labeled "The Closer"...now he only pitches in the 9th, so we'll bring in Gregg/Vizciano/Scrub and they'll give up the runs and will make having Marmol available in the 9th a moot point. The pen screams mediocrity and that isn't good for a contending team.

For all we know, Gregg will be the closer for the reasons you mentioned above....

Well someone needs to figure that out now. Fantasy drafts are around the corner (I'll end up drafting Marmol regardless if he's the closer or not, those Ks are filthy)

Lou gives less than a shit about your fantasy team.

what about mine?

He hates your team.

it could use a certain Grady Sizemore...

He's the reason Lou loves my team. You got Pujols for him - no complaining.

You both need to blow up your teams. Make it challenging.

"Lou gives less than a shit about your fantasy team."

Sorry The Joe, not everyone can be TCR Keeper Champion/Runner-Up like you. Some of us are still in the little leagues playing public leagues over at Yahoo. One day I aspire to be like the man, the myth, and the legendary fantasy baseball player that is The Joe.

I didn't mean that to be antagonistic.

Besides, JD is the real man around here. He just doesn't feel the need to gloat about it like I do.

Tongue and cheek my friend, tongue and cheek.

I figured so...but you never know for sure on the internets.

Can somebody explain to me why Hoffpauir will be on the outside looking in? To my knowledge he's done nothing but hit the cover off the ball at the major league level, and he's not really at an age where time in the minors will help him anymore.

let me preface this as it's not my idea...

But Hoffpauir does have options and might be better suited to start off in Iowa in case of an injury, plus he's a one position player - 1B. The Cubs seem to have soured on the lefty pinch-hitter with power since they got a little more left-handed now and they might be worried that Hoffpauir will struggle with very limited at-bats.

"The Cubs seem to have soured on the lefty pinch-hitter with power" since Ward hit .216 and had more Ks (24) than hits (22).

if you broke down any hitter by how they did 100-150 PA's at a time, I'm sure a lot had lines that looked like Daryle Ward. Counting on a pinch-hitter to repeat his performance year-to-year is foolish...

He had good AB's, walked a lot as no one wanted to pitch to him, which probably set up Soriano and the top of the order for more opportunities than they should have expected.

"He had good AB's, walked a lot as no one wanted to pitch to him, which probably set up Soriano and the top of the order for more opportunities than they should have expected."

They walked Ward so they could throw two curveballs in the dirt and an eye high fastball to Soriano to get out of the inning...

I kid I kid, I understand with a small sample size it's hard to take averages for what they're worth (shit Fukudome was batting .500 at one point least season)

Just seems to me that they're looking for a bit more versatility out of that last roster spot than The Hoff...for whatever its worth.

Not your idea?

I remember when you first said it, the first time Aurilia's name surfaced. You may have started the rumor that there was an open spot on the roster, temporarily filled by Hoffpauir.

You had me scared for a while, but then Uribe signed a minor-league contract with somebody else, and I just figured the Cubs were looking for someone to stash in Iowa in case Ramirez got injured.

Anyway, on a different subject, let me toss this out concerning Vizcaino.

A guy who makes upwards of $4 million is automatically on the major-league roster. Normally. But Vizcaino may be different. It may be that the Cubs don't like him much, but were given these two options by the Rockies: pay half of Marquis' salary, or pay one million and then also pay Vizcaino. They would have shelled out the same amount either way. They opted for the warm body. That doesn't mean he's in their plans.

They do have to try to make Vizcaino attractive for a few months (so they can pay only $2 million for someone else to take him), so maybe he has to be on the 25-man. I just don't think they necessarily like him at all.

Not your idea?

I remember when you first said it, the first time Aurilia's name
surfaced. You may have started the rumor that there was an open spot on
the roster, temporarily filled by Hoffpauir.

Reality is calling, please pick up....

http://stations.espn.go.com/stations/espnradio1000/blog?id=3738908&post=3872312

The Cubs are still looking for a right-handed hitting infielder/1B-3B backup. Names that have come up for the Cubs are Kevin Millar and Rich Aurilia. The team had shown early interest in Nomar Garciaparra, but were told that he was looking for more of a full-time position. The team also inquired about the availability of former White Sox SS Juan Uribe before he signed a deal with the San Francisco Giants.

The ESPN link is dated 1/30. I was referring to something you wrote on the 15th.

"The Cubs have spoken to Rich Aurilia's agent and may offer Aurilia a one-year deal to take Cedeno's spot and back up Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee."

Whose spot was Cedeno going to take though? I'm starting to wonder if Micah Hoffpauir is on the outside looking in at a roster spot.

Nothing wrong with connecting the dots, I just said you were the first to connect Aurilia et al. to Hoffpauir.

In a recent thread somebody raised the point that "Lou hates pitchers". I'm not sure of that, but I do think he hates relievers who walk guys. Hence reliance on HR Howry last year.

#5 starter comes down to Heilman or Gaudin, with whomever shows better control actually going to the bullpen. I guess Heilman. I think Marshall will get the least look for the #5 starter, since Lou has talked about liking him in the swing role.

I also think by the time it shakes out it will be Samrdizja--Marmol-Gregg to finish games.

So either Vizcaino goes somewhere (I assume with the Cubs paying part of his salary) or Guzman goes.

I also think Hoffpauir starts the year at AAA to stay sharp. His primary value to the Cubs (at least in management's mind) is as a regular fill-in for D Lee if he gets hurt, rather than as a 24th man. Better to play at Iowa and be only a phone call away.

Ramirez is now on the wrong side of 30, and has averaged 140 games a year for the past five seasons. Miles is the only backup 3B on the roster, and is best suited for 2B-SS.

We need a guy who can backup both 3B and 1B and provide a litle PH thump off the bench. Hoffpauir simply can't fill that role.

Nomahhh

Provide of course that he signs 1 yr cheap/incentive laden contract and understands his role is that of backup/roleplayer/cheerleader

Doug Mientkiewicz is another fallback option, as he can play both 1B and 3B and offers another LH bat.

Speaking of Fantasy Baseball....we should have a Cubs Report fantasy league! Thoughts on that guys?

That's a pretty good idea.

you have to get our name right first....

FAIL

You're so vain. You probably think that post was about you.

But we should start a fantasy league!

dibs on Hanley.

I call all the infielders that have OF-eligibility and relievers that are 'SP' eligible!

Sorry Rob G (Cub Reporter)....didn't mean to hurt your feelings....let's do it! We should get 10 people who write in to join! Thoughts?

well, if you look at the 2 signatures above you, you'll notice there are a few around already. I think Transmission runs some as well. We had 2 leagues going on mlb.com last year, that were low maintenance, so might bring that up again.

I'm a bit stretched thin, so I probably won't be starting anything new up this year. Others are welcome to schill their leagues in the comments though or start a new one.

Is Transmission still alive? I thought he was involved in a Fatal Attraction type thing in Arkansas?

Doug Mientkiewicz is another fallback option
----
he also an anagram for Samardzija in Belarus, nyet?

Concern: If Marshall swings to the rotation, is Cotts the only lefty option in the pen?

Beimel never sounded so adequate.

Fear not. Mike Stanton to the rescue!

Also a few other non-roster invites.

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  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season

    crunch 3 sec ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 46 min 51 sec ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 57 min 33 sec ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.

    johann 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.

    Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.

    Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.

    Tito 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD

    crunch 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 13 hours 7 min ago view