The Cubs have invited 21 non-roster types to Spring Training this year, including some familiar names. None are actually expected to make the team, of course.

Besides Stanton and Fox, the pitchers invited include left-handers Ed Campusano, J.R. Mathes, Matt Smith, Jason Waddell and Bill White and right-handers Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Ken Kadokura and Rocky Roquet.

The list also includes catchers Welington Castillo, and Steve Clevenger [and Mark Johnson]; infielders Darwin Barney, Andres Blanco, Luis Rivas and Bobby Scales; and outfielders Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois [and So Taguchi].


Some great first names on that list. Darwin. Wellington. Esmailin. So. Rocky. Steve.