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40-Man Roster Descisions Coming Soon

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#16 terencemann


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:27 AM

It's an interesting numbers game. The Cubs have 45 guys on the roster, including the five on the 60-day DL. They need to add at least three prospects to protect them from the Rule 5 draft: Logan Watkins, Christian Villaneuva and Trey McNutt. Ben Wells contract apparently requires that he be added before Spring Training, even though he isn't Rule 5 eligible. Matt Camp will be a free agent. So we're up to 48.

The Cubs would like to add at least two starting pitchers, an outfielder, a veteran catcher to back up and mentor Castillo and a third baseman. They may also want a veteran reliever and a Rule 5 pick. So we're at 53, 54 or 55.

They may make a few trades before the Winter Meetings, but they're going to need to cut at least 12 and perhaps as many as 15 from the current group.

The good news is that they have that many marginal players. The bad news is they need to decide who to keep, who to DFA and re-sign to a minor-league contract and who to release.

Marcelo Carreno is also Rule V eligible so they might need to make room for him even though he's never pitched as high as AA.

My non-tenders would be (3):

Free Agent (1):
Sean Camp

Waiver candidates (4):
Jason Berken
Justin Germano
Blake Parker
Miguel Socolovich

Strong Trade or "other" candidates(4):
Bryan LaHair (Japan or traded)
Joe Mather
Tony Campana
Adrian Cardenas

So there are 12 guys who could move out of the way and it wouldn't really hurt the team. Cardenas is a "nice" player but he's not worth keeping around if they aren't going to get him into major league games. I do not believe in Joe Mather. Campana has to find a way to get on base in order to be useful. He doesn't walk, can't bunt, and doesn't have the contact skills to do that now. Once they start signing free agents, they can look at who they have and waive players appropriately. They really only need 3 or 4 free spots for sure entering free agency.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:04 AM

TRADED: Marmol, Soriano, Lake, and Barney. +4
NON-TENDERED: Stewart, Volstad, and Corpas. +3
OUT-RIGHTED: Campana and Coleman. +2
FREE AGENTS: Mather and Camp. +2

= +11

Free Agent Acquisitions:
C - Kelly Shoppach -1
2B - Jeff Keppinger -1
OF - Scott Hairston, Melky Cabrera or Angel Pagan -1
SP - Dan Haren -1
SP - Scott Feldman -1

= +6

Rule 5 additions:
2B - Logan Watkins
SP - Nick Struck
RP - Ty'Relle Harris
3B - Christian Villanueva
SP - Dae-Eun Rhee

40-Man Roster:
01. Jeff Beliveau (L)
02. Michael Bowden
03. Alberto Cabrera
04. Jaye Chapman
05. Gerardo Concepcion
06. Scott Feldman ---Free Agent---
07. Matt Garza
08. Justin Germano
09. Carlos Gutierrez
10. Dan Haren ---Free Agent---
11. Ty'Relle Harris
12. Brooks Raley (L)
13. Dae-Eun Rhee
14. Chris Rusin (L)
15. James Russell (L)
16. Jeff Samardzija
17. Nick Struck
18. Travis Wood (L)
19. Welington Castillo
20. Steve Clevenger (L)
21. Kelly Shoppach ---Free Agent---
22. Starlin Castro
23. Jeff Keppinger ---Free Agent---
24. Anthony Rizzo
25. Luis Valbuena
26. Christian Villanueva
27. Josh Vitters
28. Logan Watkins
29. David DeJesus
30. Brett Jackson
31. Bryan LaHair
32. Angel Pagan ---Free Agent---
33. Dave Sappelt
34. Jorge Soler
35. Matt Szczur

Leaves 5 more spots.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:48 AM

At this moment, folowing the activities of the past few days, counting Garza and Stewart who are currently on the 60 day DL, the 40 man stands at 36.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:53 AM

Free Agent Acquisitions:
C - Kelly Shoppach -1
2B - Jeff Keppinger -1
OF - Scott Hairston, Melky Cabrera or Angel Pagan -1
SP - Dan Haren -1
SP - Scott Feldman -1

Do not want on Jeff Keppinger. A decent enough career utility guy coming off a 2.4 WAR/.806 OPS season. Aaron Miles much?

#20 Fishin Phil

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:49 AM

If Joe Mather is on the team again next year I may stick an appendage in a pencil-sharpener. data:image/png;base64,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

Step 1 is complete. Step 2 is to not bring him back.

Thanks Theo/Jed!
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