How the 2010 Chicago Cubs Roster was Constructed

The Cubs began Spring Training with 39 players on their 40-man roster … and the roster figures to have a couple of additions and subtractions before Opening Day in Atlanta.

14 players came to the Cubs via the trade route, six signed as free agents, ten were drafted by the Cubs, five signed as non-drafted free agents, three signed as minor league free agents and one was acquired in last year’s Rule 5 Draft.

Here is how the Cubs 2010 Roster was constructed … Trades

  • James Adduci – From Florida to complete the trade for Todd Wellemeyer – September 14, 2006
  • Jeff Baker – From Colorado for Al Alburquerque – July 2, 2009
  • Justin Berg - From the New York Yankees for Matt Lawton – August 26, 2005
  • Mike Fontenot – From Baltimore with David Crouthers and Jerry Hariston, Jr. for Sammy Sosa – February 2, 2005
  • John Gaub – From Cleveland with Jeff Stevens and Chris Archer for Mark DeRosa – December 31, 2008
  • Tom Gorzelanny – From Pittsburgh with John Grabow for Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio and Josh Harrison – July 30, 2009
  • Jeff Gray – From Oakland with Ronny Mota and Matt Spencer for Aaron Miles, Jake Fox and Cash – December 3, 2009
  • Derrek Lee – From Florida for Hee-Seop Choi and Michael Nannini – November 25, 2003
  • Marcos Mateo – From Cincinnati for Buck Coats – August 30, 2007
  • David Patton – From Cincinnati for Cash Considerations – December 11, 2008
  • Aramis Ramirez – From Pittsburgh with Kenny Lofton for Jose Hernandez, Matt Burback and Bobby Hill – July 23, 2003
  • Carlos Silva – From Seattle with Cash for Milton Bradley – December 18, 2009
  • Jeff Stevens – From Cleveland with John Gaub and Chris Archer for Mark DeRosa – December 31, 2008

Free Agent Signings

  • Marlon Byrd – December 31, 2009
  • Ryan Dempster – January 21, 2004
  • Kosuke Fukudome – December 19, 2007
  • Ted Lilly - December 15, 2006
  • Xavier Nady – January 29, 2010
  • Alfonso Soriano – November 20, 2006

Drafted

  • Mitch Atkins – 7th round – 2004
  • Tyler Colvin – 1st round – 2006
  • Sam Fuld – 10th round – 2004
  • Micah Hoffpauir - 13th round – 2002
  • Sean Marshall – 6th round – 2003
  • Blake Parker – 16th round – 2006
  • Jeff Samardzija – 5th round – 2006
  • Geovany Soto – 11th round – 2001
  • Ryan Theriot - 3rd round – 2001
  • Randy Wells – 38th round – 2006

Non-Drafted Free Agents

  • Esmailin Caridad – December 19, 2007
  • Welington Castillo – December 8, 2004
  • Rafael Dolis – August 6, 2004
  • Carlos Marmol – July 3, 1999
  • Carlos Zambrano – July 12, 1997

Minor League Free Agents

  • Andres Blanco - November 20, 2007
  • Angel Guzman – November 12, 1999
  • Koyie Hill – November 13, 2006

Rule 5 Draft

  • Mike Parisi – December 10, 2009

*source 2010 Chicago Cubs Media Guide

The Cubs will create a roster spot by transferring Angel Guzman to the 60-day DL. Plus, another spot will open unless Mike Parisi breaks camp and remains on the Cubs active roster.

Jim Hendry is looking to add at least one arm to the backend of the bullpen. With limited payroll flexibility, Hendry will have to trade a contract in order to add a contract. While the focus right now is on the players the Cubs will begin the season with in Atlanta, the 40-man roster could have a few changes over the next three weeks.

Stay Tuned …