Moving the Focus to the Field … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

While pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in during the third day of Cubs Camp, the compensation for Theo Epstein was announced.

Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later were sent to Boston for Theo Epstein and a player to be named later … officially the deal was structured as a player trade to keep within Major League Baseball protocol, Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL for a PTBNL. Both players to be named later are expected to be equal prospects not on either team’s 40-man roster. The trade is expected to be finalized by April 15.

The Cubs still have to send compensation to San Diego for Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod. The hold-up with the Padres has been the compensation going to Boston for Epstein. The deal with San Diego is expected to be completed by the end of Spring Training.

With the roster move Tuesday, the Cubs created a spot on their big league roster. The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 39.

The position players that are not already in camp report Thursday with the first full squad workout set for Friday … and the Cubs’ kick off their Cactus League schedule in 12 days against the Athletics.

Here is the rest of the update from day three of Cubs camp …

Theo Epstein Compensation
The reactions from the mainstream media were pretty much split on the compensation the Red Sox received for Theo Epstein. For example, David Kaplan liked the deal and Bruce Levine did not. From the fans’ standpoint, for the most part the Cubs’ fans are not happy with Chris Carpenter being shipped to Boston for Theo Epstein … and the Red Sox’s fans are not either because they felt they should have received more for Epstein.

Bud Selig was happy the two teams were able to come to an agreement.

As for the player’s reactions, Josh Vitters said he was sad to see Chris Carpenter leave the organization but glad he is staying with the Cubs. Trey McNutt hates that his roommate and friend was traded to the Red Sox but knows he can handle the changes ahead of him. McNutt rode to Fitch Park with Carpenter Tuesday and had to call his wife to pick him up

Dale Sveum addressed the Carpenter trade with the media and said it the Cubs lost a great arm.

Chris Carpenter handled the trade with class and thanked the Cubs’ organization for a very memorable four years.

Baseball America
Baseball America released their list of the top 100 prospects in the game … and four of the Cubs’ top prospects made the list.

Brett Jackson checked in at number 32, followed by Anthony Rizzo (47), Javier Baez (61) and Matt Szczur (64).

Notes from Cubs Camp
Kerry Wood is the prime set-up man right now for Carlos Marmol.

Dale Sveum mentioned Tuesday that in a perfect world he would like two lefties in the pen. James Russell would like a chance to take over the spot vacated by Sean Marshall but Sveum sees Russell as a lefty specialist for now. Scott Maine, Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub and Trever Miller are in the mix, along with Russell, for the two possible lefty spots. Miller’s experience could end up benefiting the southpaw.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago, James Russell and Trever Miller appear to have the upper hand at the beginning of camp over Scott Maine and John Gaub.

The Cubs pitchers and position players will square off to see who is the most fundamentally sound bunter in the organization. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, there will be two brackets, a 32-man pitchers’ bracket and a 32-man position players’ bracket … and the winner of each bracket will meet in a “championship match-play bunting tournament.” Click here for a photo of how the grounds crew painted a grid on one of the practice fields at Fitch Park.

Dale Sveum is planning on giving Brett Jackson a lot of opportunities this spring. Sveum would like to see what Jackson can do against big league pitching and he has plans of putting him in against Major League pitchers to see how he reacts.

Jamie Quirk is putting motivational messages on the players’ daily schedules.

Tim Sheridan snapped a few shots of Anthony Rizzoclick here for the latest from ‘Boys of Spring.’

News, Notes and Rumors
Bruce Levine thinks Travis Wood and Paul Maholm will join Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza in the Cubs rotation … with the final spot being a competition between Chris Volstad, Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells.

According to Doug Padilla, the Cubs could be aggressive on Jorge Soler once they can officially start bidding on him. Soler is not a free agent yet but all indications are that it will happen soon.

Doug Padilla thinks Jason Jaramillo could have the edge for the back-up catcher’s job. Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo will get a shot but due to the fact it is a part-time job, Padilla sees Jaramillo as the favorite.

Quote of the Day
From Jeff Beliveau in the Tribune:

“The new regime, they seem like they mean business. They’re trying to win, and I think they’re going to put guys who perform on the field, which is the way it’s supposed to be. I’m pretty excited. The Rickettses, they keep talking about how they want to build within the system and go younger, so it gives guys like us an opportunity.”

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver