Is Jim Hendry Still in the Market for a Starting Pitcher?

It is back to work after a long holiday weekend and baseball’s off-season figures to kick back into gear after being relatively quiet over the past four days.

One of the Cubs’ rumored off-season targets took his name out of consideration on Sunday. Brandon Webb agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, pending a physical. So with Webb off the market, is Hendry still looking to add a starting pitcher?

Starting Pitchers
Bruce Levine mentioned Saturday that the Cubs are still interested in trading for Matt Garza. But if the Rays’ decide to deal him and their asking price is too high, in terms of prospects, will the Cubs decide to go into Spring Training with a projected starting rotation of Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny … with Andrew Cashner, Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Casey Coleman and possibly Chris Archer battling it out for the last open spot in the rotation?

The Cubs have numbers but clearly more back-of-the-rotation starters than frontline hurlers. Granted Andrew Cashner will be in consideration and has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter at the big league level, but until he shows otherwise, Cashner would be slotted into the fifth spot.

The Cubs were connected to Jeff Francis during the Winter Meetings and there has been rumored interest in Tom Gorzelanny (Mets and Tigers) but trading the only southpaw in his projected rotation appears to be on the backburner for Jim Hendry.

Without a doubt, the Cubs need to upgrade the starting rotation. But overpaying, in terms of prospects, for a team that figures to finish in the bottom half of the central in 2011, would be another bad move for a GM that has a habit of making them.

40-man Roster
As of this writing, the Cubs have not made the official announcement of the roster move made in the wake of signing Kerry Wood back on December 17.

The Cubs’ big league roster still stands at 41 players.

It would seem a relief pitcher would be waived in order to make room for Kerry Wood … like a Brian Schlitter, Jeff Stevens or Justin Berg.

Ron Santo
For those that missed a very powerful report from Barry Rozner, please take the time to read this link.

Ron Santo’s Last Gift to His Family

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  • JoeS_Henderson

    That article on Ron Santo is AWESOME….a MUST READ!!

    As for another pitcher…why?? Are we really thinking we will contend next year? Maybe if all the stars align…but likely? No. So we know we have Zambrano and Dempster. We can pencil in Wells. Unless we trade Gorzellany and decide against a lefty in the rotation (dumb move) he gets a spot. so that leaves the 5th and final spot. Unless Silva is traded or bombs in spring training…Id assume he gets the first crack since he had a decent season last yeat. The first runner up has to be The Shark who is out of options and will stick with the big league team unless he is traded. He is going to be a much better starter than reliever–especially since closer and set up are taken by Marmol Wood and Marshall.

    With Andrew Cashner as runner up number 2….why in the world do we need to add another arm?

    As for the 40 man roster…arent there any rules to when they have to be within that 40 limit?

  • Agustin

    Could switching to Geico really save you fiftreen percent or more on car insurance?

    Could the Chicago Cubs Genera Manager pick the wrong coaching staff, over pay for a “below of the mendoza line hitter and dare to say that his team is 2 or 3 moves away from contending while projecting to end up in fith place?

    • Neil

      Well played Agustin …

      • Agustin_Rexach

        Jaja…a little fun while we walk the Green Mile

  • Agustin

    Wow, beutiful article on Sant…what a man.

  • Patrick_Schaefer Great Article. Jaramillo certainly has his work cut out for him! Getting Pena and Ramirez back on track, and keeping Castro and Colvin out of sophmore slumps. Getting the most out of DeWitt, Barney, Baker, Soriano, and keeping his prized pupil Byrd on track.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree with youand I would hope Ramirez sees the light,actualy looks at his own film and learns from it. Byrd, I dont know,he may be on a complete downslide,it was pretty evident the last half of the season.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Levine: With Webb out, Cubs turn to other options –

  • Patrick_Schaefer
  • paulcatanese

    I would like to think that Hendry is looking for a starting pitcher,but first someone needs to explain to him what a starting pitcher is. Thinking about trading the only lefty he has……real smart. Lets hope that thought is out of his mind.

  • paulcatanese

    Just read the article on Ron Santos last moments with his family. Very sad on one hand and very beautiful and couragous on the other. Those are always sad times for the family,but they handled it well and my best wishes to them.

  • daverj

    Looking at what’s left in the free agent pool, I’d like to see JH sign Capuano and Milledge.

  • Danielcoapstick

    A Question Carlos Silva pitched decent last year why not start him if he pitches decent again you can trade him if not it doesnt sound like they are expecting anything anyway