After trading Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers last Saturday, Jim Hendry mentioned the Cubs roster would get younger in the coming weeks. Hendry said the team would be calling up players in two waves from the minors. Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond were called up Monday and more appear to be on the horizon.
According to a report from the Tribune, players such as Darwin Barney, Welington Castillo, Brad Snyder and Bryan LaHair could be in the next round. Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman were brought up on Monday and filled the two empty spots on the Cubs 40-man roster. If the players mentioned are called up from Triple-A, all but Welington Castillo would have to be added to the Cubs’ big league roster.
Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill and Xavier Nady should have been placed on waivers and would certainly clear within 48 hours. Those four spots would free up the necessary space to bring up Barney, Snyder and LaHair.
Rumors suggested there was a deal on the table for Fontenot and Nady at the deadline, but Hendry could not complete the trade with the Giants. At this point, the Cubs figure to receive cash or the infamous PTBNL in return for Fontenot, Nady, Baker or Hill.
The Cubs 25-man roster already contains eight rookies (six pitchers) … $140 million just doesn’t goes as far as it used to.
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