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Sorry for the short, punchy updates, but the roster decisions are flying fast. Looper’s sudden retirement probably should have tipped everyone off, but Carlos Silva has made the Chicago Cubs’ 25-man roster. No word yet on whether he’ll be in the bullpen or in the rotation.

Before you fly off the handle, remember: the guys who would otherwise be filling the spot Silva will get can always be brought back up from AAA Iowa (or from the bullpen, as the case may be). Once the Cubs release Silva, he’s gone. I have no doubt the Cubs are simply waiting until the last possible moment to move on from Silva (and are hoping that he can string together some useful innings in the interim).

With the decision, and by my quick review of today’s news, the Cubs’ pitching staff is complete: Dempster, Zambrano, Garza, Wells, Cashner, Silva, Marmol, Wood, Marshall, Grabow, Samardzija, Russell.

UPDATE: Some reports won’t go as far as to say that Silva will definitely make the 25-man roster. This weekend may yet prove important to the roster decisions. I probably should have done a Spring Training Miscellany post to point out how good Marcos Mateo looked today.

  • jh

    I am not sure that there are any real surprises here. Looking at that bullpen on paper all I can think about is how unpredictable the late innings could prove to be this year. If everyones on, it could be a very solid staff but that’s a huge if. Woody & Marmol have their wild periods and Russell, Grabow & Samaaaarrrrhhhhjdzija you just hope for more positive than negative.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    “Looking at that bullpen on paper all I can think about is how unpredictable the late innings could prove to be this year.”

    EXACTLY. Its the same way I felt last year too. Every time the Cubs were leading a game and we pulled our starter, I would immediately feel like the game is about to slip out of our hands. Except now Wood is in the mix, though its hard to say whether he will be consistent or not coming out of the pen this year. Russell is just plain bad. Probably being a bit harsh, but I saw enough of him last season and some during this Spring Training and never once has he impressed me or made me think, hey this guy could be reliable coming out of the pen. I would like us to have a lefty starter in the rotation, though I would rather see 5 solid righties than 4 solid righties and one sorry lefty just for the sake of having a left hander in the rotation.

  • Curt

    Thts disappointing that out of shape over paid tub of goo, is a drag on this team myb if we needed an 8th starter he’d b the man, how come other teams when they realize tht it’s not wrking they put on their big boy pants admit tht it’s not wrking and cut them just saying I know it’s a lot of money but are we not supposed to take te best 25 north not the sorta ok 24 and the player were paying too much so we have to take him

    • Bric

      Because Hendry won’t admit he’s wrong. Silva and Samarzdjia will be gone in 2 weeks when it won’t be such a headline. Apparently he doesn’t subscribe to the theory that you can’t win the divsion in April, but you can lose it.
      Another thing that Hendry does is pick up busted 1st rounders from other teams (DeWitt, Diamond, Burgess, Montanez). He truly has become the GM of the Pirates with four times the payroll. Why does he still have a job?

      • Ace

        It is ALL kinds of too early to say that Burgess is a busted first rounder. Diamond cost nothing to pick up and Montanez was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, who didn’t make the team.

        DeWitt, however, has proved to be a mistake thus far.

        • Hogan

          The Dewitt deal had a significant salary dump involved as well. As I recall, Maddux was the one who really wanted Dewitt in the deal, but I don’t hear people ripping his baseball knowledge.

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            Has anyone else been comparing the Lilly/Theriot trade with the Garza trade? Hendry gets marginal prospects for one of his best starting pitchers then trades some of his top prospects for a #3 starter. Other than the money saved I see no point in those trades.

            • Hogan

              Lilly was a rental nearing the end of his prime, the Cubs get three years of Garza in the thick of his, of course he was going to cost more. I agree, neither of these are real wins for Hendry, but they really aren’t that comparable.

          • Bric

            But that’s exactly my point. Ace, you’re right- Burgess may have a successful career and Diamond and Montenez cost nothing. DeWitt was a throw in to save money. Trade a servicable lefty veteran starter for prospects. These are all moves that small market teams make in order to try to compete. I didn’t get the Gorz trade when it happened but now I see it’s just Ricketts returning the franchise to the old Tribune days.
            Seriously, other than Pena, all of Hendry’s recent moves look more like the Brewers or Pirates than the Yankees, Dodgers, or Red Sox, money wise. This is the new Cubs era under Ricketts with Hendry giving us the same old B.S.- we just need one or two more key guys. Yeah, right.

    • Ace

      Curt, you make good points, but they are seriously lost in the string of run-ons. It’s hard to follow – punctuation, please.

  • Adam

    I’ve been reading other things, Ace. I’ve seen reports Casey Coleman is still in the running for the last rotation spot. Also, how does Mateo not make the team? I’ve seen reports he is still being considered as well.

  • http://bleachernation.com ramy16

    we as tram need to face it..silva is through..well never see the stuff he has when he was with the twins! to me marcos mateo should and has earn the final spot in the bull pen! i watched him pitch yesterday against the mariners..and he looked good! even though i know people dont like luis castillo.i feel the cubs should have picked him up…nobody has really done a great job at 2nd base! at least you know castillo’s glove is great..he would make a great double play combo with castro! i think the phillies make lease him? should the cubs pick him up?

  • http://bleachernation.com ramy16

    we as team need to face it..silva is through..well never see the stuff he has when he was with the twins! to me marcos mateo should and has earn the final spot in the bull pen! i watched him pitch yesterday against the mariners..and he looked good! even though i know people dont like luis castillo.i feel the cubs should have picked him up…nobody has really done a great job at 2nd base! at least you know castillo’s glove is great..he would make a great double play combo with castro! i think the phillies may release him? should the cubs pick him up?

  • Dan0mite

    I’m sure this will get it’s own story but silva did not make the roster. Tue Cubs have names Cashner the number 5 and say they would like to trade Silva or have him go to the minors. Here is Paul Sullivan’s story.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/cbsports-silva-doesnt-make-cubs-roster-20110326,0,1185431.story

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