Three Months Later

Last off-season Jim Hendry signed, or resigned, player after player in record amounts seemingly without a plan of how they would fit in on Lou Piniella’s team. From Alfonso Soriano to Daryle Ward to Cliff Floyd, Hendry added pieces to what he thought would be the finished puzzle. As Piniella settled in, it became quite apparent changes needed to be made in order to win games. Once Piniella started putting his stamp on the club, he forced Hendry to trade off the unnecessary parts….the final 25-man roster vaguely resembled the one that made the trip to Cincinnati from Las Vegas, not to mention the starting lineup.

This winter Hendry and Piniella appear to have a plan, one that will take time to execute, but a plan nonetheless. While Hendry did sign his biggest off-season target this past week, he is rumored to be searching for another left-handed bat….and has inquired about what it would take to improve his pitching staff, that is if all of those rumors are correct.

On paper the Cubs are a better team than they were on that Saturday evening in October, by way of addition by subtraction, but Jim Hendry still has a promise to keep to Lou Piniella….

The Cubs have gotten younger and more athletic over the last three months. Long gone are Cliff Floyd, Jason Kendall and Steve Trachsel. Kosuke Fukudome has replaced Jacque Jones and a flame-throwing right-hander replaced Will Ohman. Change is always good….and Hendry has certainly followed that creed so far this winter.

40-Man Roster – October 2007

Pitchers

  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Scott Eyre
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Angel Guzman **
  • Kevin Hart
  • Rich Hill
  • Bobby Howry
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Jason Marquis
  • Sean Marshall
  • Juan Mateo
  • Will Ohman
  • Billy Petrick
  • Carmen Pignatiello
  • Mark Prior **
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Steve Trachsel
  • Kerry Wood
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Henry Blanco
  • Jake Fox
  • Jason Kendall
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Derrek Lee
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Daryle Ward

Outfielders

  • Cliff Floyd
  • Sam Fuld
  • Craig Monroe
  • Matt Murton
  • Jacque Jones
  • Angel Pagan *
  • Eric Patterson
  • Felix Pie
  • Alfonso Soriano

* 15-day DL
** 60-day DL

Jason Kendall became a free agent and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. On November 1st, Angel Pagan was activated from the 15-day DL. The Cubs and Daryle Ward exercised their mutual option for 2008 on November 3rd. On the same day, the Cubs declined their options on Cliff Floyd (Floyd agreed to a 1-year deal this past week with the Tampa Bay Rays) and Steve Trachsel for 2008. Adam Harbin was added to the 40-man roster on November 3rd as well.

Jacque Jones was traded, along with cash, to the Tigers on November 12th for Omar Infante. The next day, November 13th, Jim Hendry traded Craig Monroe to the Twins for a PTBNL. As terms of the deal, the Cubs did not receive the PTBNL until last week when Monroe agreed to a 1-year deal with the Twins….Monroe did take a paycut. Angel Guzman and Mark Prior were activated from the 60-day DL on November 13th.

Kerry Wood signed a 1-year deal on November 26th.

On the second day of the Winter Meetings, December 4th, Hendry traded Will Ohman and Omar Infante to the Braves for Jose Ascanio. In a prearranged deal, the Tampa Bay Rays drafted Tim Lahey with the first pick of the Rule 5 Draft on December 6th and sold him to the Cubs for $100,000….the total cost for the Cubs to obtain Lahey was $150,000, the Twins received $50,000 for loosing Lahey.

The Cubs agreed to terms with Kosuke Fukudome on a 4-year, $48 million dollar deal on December 11th, the deal is pending Fukudome passing a physical. Kosuke is scheduled to be in Chicago later this week to take the physical and meet the media.

Mark Prior was non-tendered on December 12th, making him a free agent and Neal Cotts signed a 1-year deal worth $800,000 (plus an incentive package) on December 13th.

40-Man Roster – December 2007

Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio
  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Scott Eyre
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Angel Guzman
  • Adam Harben
  • Kevin Hart
  • Rich Hill
  • Bobby Howry
  • Tim Lahey
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Jason Marquis
  • Sean Marshall
  • Juan Mateo
  • Billy Petrick
  • Carmen Pignatiello
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Kerry Wood
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Henry Blanco
  • Jake Fox
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Derrek Lee
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Daryle Ward

Outfielders

  • Sam Fuld
  • Matt Murton
  • Jacque Jones
  • Angel Pagan
  • Eric Patterson
  • Felix Pie
  • Alfonso Soriano

The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 38 on December 16th….Kosuke Fukudome will be added to the 40-man roster once his deal becomes official.

Who will be the newest addition of the winter? Will it be Brian Roberts? Chone Figgins? Erik Bedard? What about Joe Nathan? Or is there an another target that none of us know about yet?

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