MLB: Cubs Cut Roster from 58 to 40

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  1. cigaretteman

    cigaretteman Well-Known Member

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    Cubs cut roster down to 40 - Chicago Sun-Times
     
  2. pyrocyz

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  3. CYdTracked

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    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.
     
  4. tman24

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

    cigaretteman Well-Known Member

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    #5 cigaretteman, Mar 16, 2011
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    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.
     
  6. guitarchitect7

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

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    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
     
  8. acrozier22

    acrozier22 Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  9. cyhiphopp

    cyhiphopp Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  10. CyJack13

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    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.
     
  11. CycloneErik

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  12. gocubs2118

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    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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