Done Tweaking? A Look at the Cubs Roster

Reportedly Jim Hendry has more changes in store for Lou Piniella before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 13th. The roster Piniella will have to play with in Arizona has begun to take shape with several additions, subtractions and non-roster invitations.

The Cubs do not have an empty spot on their 40-man roster as of the last Monday in January. So if the Cubs are set on adding Paul Bako to the mix, they must release a player or sign Bako to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training….and the same can be said for Juan Uribe.

Here’s where the Cubs roster stands with just under a month left before their first exhibition game in the Cactus League…..

Barring injuries there are a couple of spots that will be open for competition once camp begins in a few weeks. However one advantage for the Cubs, and many teams throughout the league, could be the World Baseball Classic. Injury concerns aside, due to the length of Spring Training this year and with many of the games’ stars involved in the tournament, players that would have been a long shot to make the team, will have a chance to play.

For example, Blake DeWitt took advantage of playing time he received when the Dodgers left for China last spring to face the Padres. DeWitt did not figure into the team’s plans last February but due to injuries and him impressing the Dodgers’ brass, he made the Dodgers’ 25-man roster….and figured heavily down the stretch as Jeff Kent spent time on the DL.

Do the Cubs have a Blake DeWitt somewhere in their system?

40-Man Roster on January 26

Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio
  • Mitch Atkins
  • Justin Berg
  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Chad Gaudin
  • Kevin Gregg
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rich Harden
  • Kevin Hart
  • Rich Hill
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Sean Marshall
  • Marcos Mateo
  • Garrett Olson
  • David Patton
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Jeff Stevens
  • Luis Vizcaino
  • Randy Wells
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Jake Fox
  • Koyie Hill
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Micah Hoffpauir
  • Derrek Lee
  • Aaron Miles
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot

Outfielders

  • Milton Bradley
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Sam Fuld
  • Joey Gathright
  • Reed Johnson
  • Brad Snyder
  • Alfonso Soriano

The Cubs figure to carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their active 25-man roster. Players that are locks, again barring injury, are as follows:

Ryan Dempster, Kevin Gregg, Rich Harden, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Carlos Zambrano, Geovany Soto, Derrek Lee, Aaron Miles, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot, Milton Bradley, Kosuke Fukudome, Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano.

With 15 spots already taken on the Cubs 25-man roster on Opening Day, there are 10 jobs that need to be filled….six pitchers and four position players.

Players Out of Options for 2009

  • Neal Cotts
  • Chad Gaudin
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rich Hill
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Koyie Hill
  • Geovany Soto
  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Joey Gathright
  • Brad Snyder

Mike Fontenot and Sean Marshall have one option year left while Jeff Samardzija has two. David Patton was acquired in a pre-arranged deal with the Reds for cash on December 11th. The Reds selected Patton from the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft. If Patton fails to make the Cubs 25-man roster out of camp (and he must remain on the active roster throughout the season unless he is placed on the DL) he will be offered back to the Rockies.

Non-Roster Invitees

Pitchers

  • Ed Campusano
  • Esmailin Caridad
  • Andrew Cashner
  • Chad Fox
  • Ken Kadokura
  • J.R. Mathes
  • Rocky Roquet
  • Matt Smith
  • Mike Stanton
  • Jason Waddell
  • Bill White

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger
  • Mark Johnson

Infielders

  • Darwin Barney
  • Andres Blanco
  • Luis Rivas
  • Bobby Scales

Outfielders

  • Doug Deeds
  • Jason Dubois
  • So Taguchi

The Cubs are rumored to be interested in Aaron Heilman, sending Ronny Cedeno to the Mariners….and then there is the never ending Jake Peavy saga. Many have questioned if Garrett Olson, Jeff Stevens and Luis Vizcainowill ever put on a Cubs’ uniform.

Jim Hendry may or may not make the changes he is rumored to be interested in….but one thing is for certain, the remaining weeks leading up to camp and the first exhibition game should be anything but boring.

Quote of the Day

"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." - Dale Carnegie

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