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    Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Right-handed pitchers Robert Coello and Thomas Diamond were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis and Kyle Smit were optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

    Also, 13 non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson and Trey McNutt; left-handed pitcher Scott Rice; catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson; infielders Bryan LaHair, Marquez Smith and Josh Vitters; and outfielders Jim Adduci, Brett Jackson, Lou Montanez and Brad Snyder.
    Cubs cut roster down to 40 - Chicago Sun-Times



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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Quote Originally Posted by cigaretteman View Post

    How could the ever think about cutting clevenger and McNutt...


    There goes the world series with the loss of those two.



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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Nothing earth shattering here. I think the biggest decisions to be made is who gets the utility infielder spot, the #5 spot in the rotation (pretty sure Wells has locked up #4 by now) and the makeup of the bullpen.

    I think you can pretty much say these guys are a lock:

    1B Pena
    2B Baker and DeWitt
    3B A-Ram
    SS Castro
    OF Soriano, Byrd, Colvin, Fukudome
    C Soto and Hill

    Rotation: Dempster, Garza, Zambrano, Wells
    Bullpen: Marmol, Wood, Grabow, Marshall, Samardzija (because he is out of options)
    Pitchers that will likely have some kind of role: Silva, Cashner, Russell

    That makes 11 position players and 12 pitchers for sure, Russell potentially could be sent down or Silva traded meaning 22 or 23 of the 25 spots are probably filled. Barney, Scales, and Ojeda are battling for the utility infielder spot and probably in that order are the most likely to get it and I'm guessing a 5th OF like Reed Johnson or Fernando Perez is going to get that last spot. For the bullpen or rotation Braden Looper, Todd Wellemeyer, and Casey Coleman are still all in the mix as well. Guys like Matt Camp and Scott Moore have impressed in ST so far but are longshots to make the roster.


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Im hoping Samardzija can move to a starter role. I love Marshall and hope he can stay as the long setup man.


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    Im hoping Samardzija can move to a starter role. I love Marshall and hope he can stay as the long setup man.
    From what I've read, it sounds like they really want Cashner as the fifth starter. Samardzija's out of options too, but I guess he could stay in the bullpen.


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Samardzija will be in the bullpen, is not being looked at as a starter. That's already been decided.


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Samardzija has been a disappointment. He's really struggled with his command the past couple seasons and this is sort of a make or break year for him probably. The Cubs can't run him through waivers because he'd easily be claimed so they have to hope he can figure it out this season with the big club. I think Cashner is the favorite to get the 5th spot in the rotation probably


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    I expect Samardzija to be dealt in July when the cubs are trying to upgrade at 2B or OF.

    I think he will do well in the bull pen this year though. Nice power arm that can come in and get a K.



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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Ok, I have not been keeping up with the Cubbies at all so far this season. Can any of you give me an update?
    Is the best we can hope for 3rd in the Central or can they compete?


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    Samardzjia get hits harder than any pitcher I can remember. I don't mean that he's giving up the most runs or that he's the worst pitcher I've ever seen, but the balls guys hit off him are just rockets. It's not a good sign when you're consistently giving up hard hit line drives.



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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    This article makes me think that this really is our year!

    MLB Opening Day 2011 to fall on Friday, April 1; season to end on a Wednesday - Daily Pitch: MLB News, Standings, Schedules & More - USATODAY.com

    What could be more perfect. Joke's on you, everybody else!


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    Re: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

    All Samardzjia has is a fastball. His secondary pitches aren't good, and that's putting it lightly. You can get away with overpowering hitters in college but not in the majors. Everyone can hit a fastball.



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