Day Two of Cubs Camp: Spring Training is Officially Underway

Before getting into the updates from Mesa, the Michael Bourn to the Cubs rumors will finally cease to exist. Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians on Monday night that includes a vesting option for a fifth year that could max the deal out at five years and $60 million. The national media did their best to keep the Cubs in the mix for Bourn despite what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been saying publically all winter. The Cubs are committed to building the organization through the draft and player development and while the Cubs first round pick is protected, the Cubs would have lost their second round selection, around number 42, and the slot money associated with the pick.

The Cubs got their work in Monday despite a rather cold and rainy day in Mesa. The first official on field workout for the pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Tuesday, and the weather is expected to be a little bit better.

Carlos Marmol reported to camp and addressed the allegations he is facing in the Dominican Republic and Matt Garza talked about his health and uncertain future with the team.

Carlos Marmol

Carlos Marmol met with the media at Fitch Park on Monday and addressed the domestic assault charges that have been filed against him in the Dominican Republic. Marmol said he gave the young woman a ride then she accused him of sexual assault. Marmol admitted that he knew her because she grew up in his hometown and that he found about the accusations on the radio.

Marmol said the woman that filed the charges is trying to extort money from him and he is “pissed-off” about what is going on but is glad the Cubs are being supportive. According to multiple reports, it is a possibility that Marmol with have to go back to the Dominican at some point to resolve the legal issue.

The Cubs’ closer also addressed the trade that did not happen with the Angels in November. Marmol was told that Major League Baseball approved the deal, which would typically be one of the last steps in a trade that involved money switching hands. But the Cubs told him the next day that he in fact was not traded to the Angels. Marmol is happy he is still with the Cubs according to a report from the Sun-Times.

Matt Garza

Without realizing it, Matt Garza channeled his inner Cheap Trick on Monday when he spoke with reporters. Garza said, “I’m going to make people want me.” Garza realizes he has to prove he is healthy this year in his free agent season. Garza explained that he is going to pitch the way he is capable and stay off the DL, something is has not been able to do during his two years with the Cubs. According to the Sun-Times, Garza is baffled on how the stress reaction in his elbow happened. He indicated that he felt something right after tossing a 96 mph fastball.

Matt Garza has consistently said that he would like to remain with the Cubs long term.

Garza has completed two official bullpen sessions and is up to 45-pitch pen sessions according to the Sun-Times.

According to the Tribune, the Cubs efforts to trade Matt Garza last July included conversations with the Cincinnati Reds. The Tribune reported on Monday that once Garza shows he is healthy this spring, there is a chance the Cubs put him back on the trade block.

Spring Training News Bites

According to the Sun-Times, Matt Garza does not have a preference on which catcher he throw to … former Rays’ teammate Dioner Navarro or Welington Castillo. Garza said he trusts both backstops and is not looking for a personal catcher.

Hector Rondon and Dayan Diaz are the only two pitchers on the Cubs’ spring roster that did not report to camp on time. Both players are being held up by problems with their Visa.

With an improved roster and a full year under his belt, Dale Sveum faces higher expectations this season according to a report from ESPN Chicago. Theo Epstein said that Sveum has a little more to work with this year, a deeper pen … and, “We hope he has a better hand to play and you will see the merits of his decision making.”

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  • Ryan

    dont get why people keep saying Garza has been unable to stay healthy his two years with the cubs. Yeah he got hurt last year but his first year he had 31 starts with 198 innings thats a pretty healthy season

    • Tony_Hall

      I don’t believe that Neil said that, he said he has been on the DL both years with the Cubs. He missed 2 starts in 2011 and had only 18 starts last year…not a good trend for a guy about to be 29 and will be a free agent entering his age 30 season.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And historically, elbow problems can lead to shoulder problems…..

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I love Garza’s attitude! Of course he said he doesn’t care who he throws to. He’s a team-first guy without ounce of diva in him.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Garza has been awesome mostly because he’s doubled the number of sliders he throws and relies less on his fast ball. I foresee more arm injuries if he maintains that approach.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3340&position=P