An Early Cubs Roster … and Even Earlier Lineup for Twenty-Ten

On the first Saturday of Twenty-Ten, the Cubs’ roster is extremely close to what it will be when pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 15. Jim Hendry is reportedly looking to make a couple of additions.

With Marlon Byrd under contract for the next three seasons, the Cubs 40-man roster will stand at 38 players once Byrd is officially added to the roster. Reportedly Hendry would still like to add an outfielder to platoon with Kosuke Fukudome and an arm in the pen.

Here is a look at one of the new names on the Cubs radar, an updated 40-man roster and a very early possible lineup for Twenty-Ten …

Jason Frasor

Shortly after he broke the story about the Cubs agreeing to terms with Marlon Byrd on Thursday, Bruce Levine tossed another name into the Cubs’ rumor mill … Jason Frasor.

The Cubs and Blue Jays have spoken this winter. First it was Vernon Wells, then Roy Halladay and now Jason Frasor.

The Oak Forest native was picked in the 33rd round of the 1999 draft by the Detroit Tigers and made his big league debut on April 16, 2004. The Tigers sent Frasor to the Dodgers to complete a trade on July 25, 2002. Frasor was the PTBNL in the Hiram Bocachica deal.

The Dodgers traded Frasor to the Blue Jays on March 24, 2004 for Jayson Werth.

Jason Frasor posted a 7-3 record in 61 games, all out of the pen, last season for the Blue Jays with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. The right-hander saved 11 games, blew three saves, finished 36 games and pitched a total of 57 2/3 innings while striking out 56 and walking 16. Frasor served up just four home runs. He held opponents to a .209 batting average and a BABIP of .264.

Here are a few more of Frasor’s splits:

  • Vs Lefties – .274 average, 1.43 WHIP with nine walks, 29 strikeouts and three homers
  • Vs Righties – .140 average, 0.68 WHIP with seven walks, 27 strikeouts and one home run
  • Home – 5-0 in 31 games with three saves (one blown) with a 1.45 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP
  • Road - 2-3 in 30 games with eight saves (two blown) with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP

The Cubs are reportedly looking for a bullpen arm, and have discussed Jose Contreras and Kiko Calero. Jason Frasor would fit their need and depending on what role Carlos Silva plays on the team, Frasor could serve as a longman as well. Frasor was a starting pitcher in college at Southern Illinois.

Jason Frasor is arbitration eligible in 2010 and will become a six-year free agent following next season.

The Cubs 40-man Roster

With the addition of Marlon Byrd on Thursday, the Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Pitchers

  • Mitch Atkins
  • Justin Berg
  • Esmailin Caridad
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Rafael Dolis
  • John Gaub
  • Tom Gorzelanny
  • John Grabow
  • Jeff Gray
  • Angel Guzman
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Sean Marshall
  • Marcos Mateo
  • Mike Parisi
  • Blake Parker
  • David Patton
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Carlos Silva
  • Jeff Stevens
  • Randy Wells
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Welington Castillo
  • Koyie Hill
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Jeff Baker
  • Andres Blanco
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Micah Hoffpauir
  • Derrek Lee
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot

Outfielders

  • James Adduci
  • Marlon Byrd
  • Tyler Colvin
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Sam Fuld
  • Alfonso Soriano

Carrie Muskat posted a projected starting lineup for Twenty-Ten on Friday:

  1. Fukudome – RF
  2. Theriot – SS
  3. Lee – 1B
  4. Ramirez – 3B
  5. Byrd – CF
  6. Soriano – LF
  7. Soto – C
  8. Fontenot – 2B
  9. Pitcher’s Spot

Very right-handed and with Mike Fontenot as the starting second baseman …

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