According to multiple reports, Braden Looper announced his retirement Friday after being told he would not break camp with the Chicago Cubs. Looper sat out last season and was hoping to catch on with the Cubs this spring. Looper was one of the last pitchers in Cubs camp with a shot to make the Opening Day roster.
With Looper out of the mix, the Cubs’ Spring Training roster stands at 30 players. Braden Looper signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on January 27 that included a non-roster invitation to big league camp. Looper put together a decent spring (1-0 with a 9.95 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP, 14 runs on 20 hits with three walks and eight strikeouts) before getting shelled by the Padres in Peoria. Looper appeared to have a shot at making the club.
Braden Looper posted a 72-65 record in 12 seasons in the Majors with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
At some point Saturday, the Cubs are expected to announce the fifth starter and the final spot on the 12-man staff that will open the season on April 1. Reports have suggested that Mike Quade will make the announcement before the exhibition game against the Texas Rangers.
Carlos Silva is the odds on favorite to land the final spot but like Andrew Cashner, Silva’s possible role has yet to be determined. Casey Coleman and Marcos Mateo are still in the mix as well.
Stay Tuned …