There are five relievers batting for two spots with five games to go, and the Cubs may not make the final roster decisions until this weekend in New York. The list includes Angel Guzman, David Patton, Chad Fox, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija — all right-handers. Guzman is out of options. Patton is a Rule 5 pick who has complicated matters because he’s pitched so well, and has one of the best curveballs this spring. The Cubs were not expected to put either on waivers, which means they will either keep them or trade them.
Samardzija has options and could go to Triple-A Iowa. Fox, whose career has been interrupted by elbow problems, also could go to the Minors as insurance. What do to with Gaudin? He hasn’t looked sharp — he has a 10.54 ERA this spring and has given up 20 hits and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings. And he’s owed $2 million.
– Carrie Muskat