According to multiple reports on Tuesday, Chad Fox will begin the season in Iowa. The Cubs have not officially announced the move, which would reduce the Cubs’ spring roster to 27 players.
According to the reports, Fox will use the time at the beginning of the season in Triple-A “to continue to strengthen his arm and act as insurance.” With Fox starting the season in Iowa, the final two spots are down to four candidates…Jeff Samardzija, David Patton, Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman.
Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella met on Tuesday to discuss the Cubs options. Piniella told the media that the Cubs would not put any of the pitchers on waivers. “There will either be a trade or an option–anything but waivers.” The final decision on the last two spots will likely go down to Sunday’s deadline. All four pitchers will make the trip to New York, along with Chad Fox, and the Cubs’ projected sixth starter Mitch Atkins. The Cubs will announce their decision then.
Jim Hendry is rumored to be working on finding a new home for Chad Gaudin and possibly Angel Guzman. But if Gaudin is traded and Samardzija is optioned…Guzman and Patton would begin their season in Houston.