Cory Wade Will Not Be on the Cubs Opening Day Roster and Other News Bits

While the spring roster moves are not official, the Cubs cut another player from the spring roster on Wednesday. The Cubs informed Cory Wade that he is no longer in the mix for the last spot in the bullpen. Even with the addition of Guillermo Moscoso, Hisanori Takahashi is considered the favorite to land the last job in the pen with Steve Clevenger expected to break camp on the active roster. Of course, it could all change if the Cubs make another waiver wire claim.

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs will not see Guillermo Moscoso pitch in the final exhibition games. Moscoso is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster.

The Cubs have not announced the last three spring roster cuts, and the team is monitoring the waiver wire.

In order to add Moscoso to the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed Arodys Vizcaino on the 60-day DL. This move was expected. Jason McLeod indicated on Sunday that Vizcaino is throwing off a mound and his rehab from Tommy John surgery last March is progressing well. Look for the Cubs to place Scott Baker on the 60-day DL in order to create a spot for Brent Lillibridge to be added to the 40-man roster prior to Sunday’s deadline.

The equipment truck left Mesa for Chicago on Wednesday and camp breaks following Thursday afternoon’s finale at HoHoKam Park.

Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson played in a minor league game on Wednesday and is expected to play four or five innings in Thursday’s Cactus League finale. Jackson will start the year with the I-Cubs and should be optioned down in the very near future.

According to the Tribune, Brett Jackson is plotting his return and he is confident he’ll make an impact in the majors.

Juan Carlos Paniagua

According to Baseball America, a visa issue has kept Juan Carlos Paniagua from reporting to Spring Training. Ben Badler reported that one of the issues “is that the U.S. Consulate wanted to see more paperwork from his younger siblings, who were not declared in the Dominican Republic.”

Paniagua received his visa in July after signing with the Cubs.

Badler explained that every few years the U.S. Consulates throughout the world rotate personnel, and this is the first Spring Training with the new personnel in the Dominican Republic. Paniagua’s past issues has likely raised red flags. The Consulate has likely asked for additional paperwork before granting a visa.

This is just seen as a delay. Cardinals’ right-hander, Carlos Martinez, is having the same problem.

News Bits

Dale Sveum is not worried about Carlos Marmol according to the Sun-Times. Sveum liked what he saw in the four previous outings from Marmol prior to Tuesday night. Sveum added that “anybody can lose their job during the regular season, but you don’t get caught up in what’s going on in Spring Training.”

Ian Stewart is expected to take batting practice on Friday, and is able to take ground balls again. Stewart will remain in Arizona for Extended Spring Training.

Alfonso Soriano thinks the most important thing for the Cubs moving forward is more night games at Wrigley Field. Soriano thinks the improved facilities will help, but adding more night games is not only important to Soriano but to other players.

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

    Hey Neil,

    I’m re-posting this in response to your response to my question about the Mets dumping prospects. Take a look and let me know if any of these guys make sense for us. Aaron, Tony, Rip or anyone else I’d like to hear your thoughts too…

    From Cnnsi.com…

    Though their spring has been mostly quiet, the Mets may be making some noise soon. In desperate need of clearing several spots, the Mets have put out word to other teams that they are interested in moving non-core prospects on the 40-man roster. Among those available via trade: Gonzalez Germen, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Cesar Puello, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles. Assuming Omar Quintanilla takes the 40-man roster spot vacated by Brandon Hicks, the Mets still would need to clear at least four 40-man spots: for Aaron Laffey, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison. If Mets officials are unable to trade prospects on the 40-man roster for other teams’ farmhands not on the 40, they will have to start placing them through waivers at the end of the week to clear spots.

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

      Sounded like an opportunity to grab some decent players for cheap. At least in terms of what we’d have to give up…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Each of those players add would add talent, and three of them are intriguing … Puello, Ramirez and Robles. Those are the only three that would interest me, the other players are a little old for their level and I do not see as an upgrade considering the Cubs would have to clear spots on the
      40-man for them.

      Ramirez, depending on what the Mets wanted, would be one that I would try to trade for.

      Who would you like to see the Cubs remove from the 40-man to make room?

      • Bredstik

        It looks like Ramirez is off the board:

        Angels acquired RHP Elvin Ramirez from the Mets for cash considerations.

        Ramirez, 25, appeared in 20 games for the Mets in 2012, posting a 5.48 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. He also had a 2.13 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 55 minor league innings.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He was the one that was/is the most intriguing.

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

        That’s a good question. Maybe take the last spot that would go to Clevenger? Or whoever that last pitcher would be?

        • calicub

          My list would be:

          Moscosco
          Rondon
          Raley
          McNutt
          Whitenack
          Szcurz

  • calicub

    Tigers sent down Rondon, and for the time being seem content to start the season with a closer by committee. But, Leyland doesn’t strike me as the kind of manager to go a whole season w/o a closer, so hopefully this is the opening the FO has been looking for.

    I still think it would have been worth it to pull the trigger on Dan Haren but i guess theres no going back now..

  • calicub

    Hopefully these visa issues don’t mess up Paniaguas season, and just as he slips out of the top 10 on the CCO poll…

    I suspect he’d be working in the Cubs academy in DR if he can’t make it to the states?

  • paulcatanese

    At least some positive news out there. Read somplace that Tim McCarver is going to retire. Hooray!!!

  • paulcatanese

    Just saw where the Cubs are one of the most profitable franchise’s around, (worth $1billion) and the 4th most in earned money.
    All of this with a losing team, “lovable losers” seem to fit.
    So why would they rush to put a winner on the field?
    As long as they are making money, have an owner commited to taking his time to build one, and cash that keeps coming in I don’t see a world series anytime soon
    around the North Side.
    Panic that sets in with dwindleing gates and then lost revenue would be the only thing to get them on the plus side, until then, sameo, sameo.
    Actually I wouldnt know how to act if they had a winner, so used to the other way over the years. Nothing wrong with that feeling, since even a small winning streak brings joy.
    I don’t expect too much this year, but will enjoy the games anyway.