The Cubs Off-Season Report – 01/07/06

Spring Training, Ramirez in the WBC, Patterson to the O’s? and Winter Ball Wrap-up

Friday started off with a much-anticipated report from the Chicago Tribune about the Orioles interest in Corey Patterson. The Trib’s article quoted the Baltimore Sun and said the Orioles are interested in acquiring Patterson for a mid level prospect. How did the Cubs number one pick fall so far? Many attribute his lack of fundamentals and others attribute Patterson’s problems are because the Cubs ‘rushed’ him through the system too quickly. I really hope the Cubs have learned their lesson and do not make the same mistakes with Felix Pie who has been compared a lot to Corey Patterson.

The Cubs announced the rest of their Spring Training Roster, Aramis Ramirez announced he will play in the WBC and Ronny Cedeno continued his improvements in Winter Ball.

According to a report on and found in ‘Cubs News from the Wire’, the Cubs announced the non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Marquis Grissom, Augie Ojeda and Mike Restovich (signed earlier in the week to Minor League Contracts) will be joined by 10 additional players: Adam Greenberg (OF), Buck Coats (OF), Bobby Brownlie (P), Carmen Pignatiello (P), Raul Valdez (P), Randy Wells (P), Dennis Anderson (C), Jake Fox (C), Casey McGehee (IF) and Brandon Sing (IF). These 13 players will join the other Cubs on the 40-man roster. Pitchers and Catchers report to Fitch Park in Mesa on February 15th with the first workout to be on February 16th. Position players report on February 20th and their first workout is February 21st. The Cubs first Spring Training game is on March 2nd against the A’s at HoHoKam Park.

Aramis Ramirez announced on Thursday he will be playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) according to a report from the Associated Press. Does anyone else have a problem with this? I am not saying he should not represent his country….I am concerned about his health and the success of the Cubs in 2006. What do you think? ran reports on Friday about the end of the regular season of Winter Ball. The report mentioned several of the Cubs stats from those games. Ronny Cedeno had a good winter finishing 5th in the league in batting average (.355) in the Venezuelan Winter League. In 45 games at second base and shortstop, Cedeno had 28 RBI’s and also finished with 12 errors. Felix Pie did not fair as well. Pie finished his games in the Dominican Republic hitting .209 in 29 games. The report also mentioned Henry Blanco, Adam Greenberg, Jose Reyes, Geovany Soto and Chris Walker. provided a report with all of the stats from the regular season of the 2005-2006 Winter Leagues.

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Well, that’s the news and I’m sticking to it!!

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver