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Forgotten in the hoopla of Starlin Castro’s promotion to Chicago was the necessary and corresponding roster move: the Cubs optioned Chad Tracy to AAA Iowa.

Tracy was the 25th man out of Spring Training, beating Kevin Millar for the last spot primarily thanks to versatility. That versatility doesn’t help, however, if you can’t hit – and Tracy’s .652 OPS wasn’t helping anyone. Then again, he still had nearly 200 points on Aramis Ramirez. Short of a rash of injuries, we’re unlikely to see Tracy again with the Cubs.

But the Castro promotion may yield other shake-ups on the roster. Now that he is the starting shortstop, Ryan Theriot becomes the starting second baseman. Previously, the spot was held down by a mediocre Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker platoon. Neither has been hitting particularly well (.735 and .652 OPS, respectively), and now both will be relegated to full-time bench duties.

Could one be out the door at some point? The Cubs will continue to need a backup at third base, but it is conceivable that one of Baker or Fontenot would be more valuable on another team’s bench (or *gasp* in their starting lineup) than on the Cubs’ bench, where spot starts will be highly infrequent.

  • Kevin G

    I have to disagree with you Ace. I think Baker will be traded along with Gorz for a setup man. And I really dont think Tracy’s small sample size is a good example of what he can do. If that is true get rid of Lee and A Ram. I think he maybe have gotten 3 starts all year?

    • Ace

      Where exactly are we disagreeing?

      • Bric

        The only wrench in that machine is what quality set up man is available? Most of the teams that were not predicted to compete are doing well. Most of the teams (including the Cubs) that aren’t doing well are hoping to compete this year. This translates to not very many teams in the mood to trade (not until late July). So, unfortunately I think the roster is going to stay as is for another two months. Lou has shown a propensity to sit players he doesn’t fell confident with. Sometimes to the point that you wonder if they’re still on the team.

        • Bric

          One more thing: with so many teams thinking they can compete, this might be the right time to start investing in the future. If Hendry didn’t have so many no trade clauses it would be the perfect time to start building. It would be great to move some salaries to land Aaron Porada or Derrick Holland. The Rangers and Padres are probably buying and it would be great to add another young lefty for the future. That’s also why I don’t see Gorz or Marshall getting moved. Those darn no trade clauses!

  • Kevin G

    I think as soon as that trade is done Tracy is back with the Cubs

    • Ace

      Gotcha. I think the Cubs are just as likely to bring up a kid like Darwin Barney.

  • Kevin G

    I dont think the need another middle infielder though.

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