Seven Days and Eight Players Later….An Updated Look at the Cubs Roster

Many words can be used to describe the last week for the Chicago Cubs, but boring cannot be one of them….and Jim Hendry might not be done. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park a week from Friday and the team that won 97 games a year ago will have several new faces.

On January 28th the Cubs traded Ronny Cedeno and Garrett Olson for Aaron Heilman. Last Friday the return of Paul Bako was officially announced. Then Monday the Rich Hill trade was finalized and Michael Wuertz was sent to Oakland for two minor leaguers….with a PTBNL still on the horizon.

The Cubs 40-man roster has a much different look than it did on January 26th….with an open spot possibly for a right-handed bat that can serve as a backup for Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez.

The Cubs currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster and have invited 21 players to big league camp. Here’s a current list that includes salaries for 2009….

40-Man Roster on February 3

Pitchers

  • Jose Ascanio – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Mitch Atkins - 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Justin Berg – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Neal Cotts – $1.1 million
  • Ryan Dempster – $8 million with a $4 million signing bonus
  • Chad Gaudin – $2 million
  • Kevin Gregg – $4.2 million
  • Angel Guzman – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Rich Harden – $7 million
  • Kevin Hart – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Aaron Heilman - $1.625 million
  • Ted Lilly – $12 million
  • Carlos Marmol – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Sean Marshall – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Marcos Mateo – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • David Patton – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)*
  • Jeff Samardzija – $1.3 million
  • Jeff Stevens – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Luis Vizcaino – $3.5 million
  • Randy Wells – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Carlos Zambrano – $17.75 million

Catchers

  • Paul Bako – $725,000
  • Koyie Hill – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Geovany Soto – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)

Infielders

  • Mike Fontenot – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Micah Hoffpauir – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Derrek Lee – $13 million
  • Aaron Miles – $2.2 million
  • Aramis Ramirez – $15.65 million
  • Ryan Theriot – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)

Outfielders

  • Milton Bradley – $5 million with $2 million of $4 million signing bonus
  • Jake Fox – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Kosuke Fukudome – $11.5 million
  • Sam Fuld – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Joey Gathright – $800,000
  • Reed Johnson – $3 million
  • Richie Robnett - 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Brad Snyder – 0-3 (Auto Renewal)
  • Alfonso Soriano – $16 million

Cubs paid $300,000 buyout to Henry Blanco and sent $875,000 to Colorado with Jason Marquis.

Players Out of Options for 2009

  • Neal Cotts
  • Chad Gaudin
  • Angel Guzman
  • Koyie Hill
  • Geovany Soto
  • Joey Gathright
  • Brad Snyder

*David Patton was a Rule 5 Draft pick by the Reds then traded to the Cubs for cash on December 11th. If Patton fails to make the team out of Spring Training (and he must remain on the 25-man roster throughout the year, barring injury) he will be offered back to the Colorado 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 reportedly interested in adding either Rich Aurilia or Kevin Millar to the mix. Jim Hendry said the Cubs are ready “to go to camp” then stated….from the Sun-Times:

“We feel like we’re ready to go to camp and adjust after that . We picked up Reed Johnson last year on the 18th or 19th of March. We’ll scout spring training like we always do. We’re in good shape, but we’ll always stay active in the scouting process. Lots of good players are left who haven’t signed yet and we’ll continue to keep an eye on that, too.”

Quote of the Day

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare." - Bobby Knight
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