1/27 Non-roster invitees

The Cubs have invited 21 non-roster players to Spring Training, including Todd Wellemeyer, Braden Looper and infielder Augie Ojeda. Looper and Ojeda agreed to terms on Minor League contracts Thursday. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 13, and their first workout is the next day. Position players report Feb. 18 and the Cubs’ first full squad workout will be Feb. 19.

Seven pitchers — including right-handers Looper, Wellemeyer, Chris Carpenter, Angel Guzman, Jay Jackson, and Trey McNutt and left-hander Scott Rice — have been invited to the Cubs’ camp along with catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson. The seven infielders invited include Ojeda, Matt Camp, Bryan LaHair, Scott Moore, Bobby Scales, Marquez Smith and Josh Vitters. Five outfielders were invited including Jim Adduci, Brett Jackson, Reed Johnson, Luis Montanez and Brad Snyder.

Looper, 36, is 72-65 with 103 saves and a 4.15 ERA in all or part of 12 Major League seasons with St. Louis (1998, 2006-08), Florida (1999-2003), the New York Mets (2004-05) and Milwaukee (2009). He last pitched in the big leagues in 2009, going 14-7 with a 5.22 ERA.

Ojeda, 36, is a career .234 hitter with 44 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 81 RBIs in 502 games with the Cubs (2000-03), Twins (2004) and Diamondbacks (2007-10). He’s seen action at second, third, and shortstop. Last season, Ojeda batted .190 in 59 games with Arizona.

Wellemeyer, 32, is 32-34 with three saves and a 4.83 ERA in 208 appearances, including 75 starts. He’s pitched for the Cubs (2003-05), Marlins (2006), Royals (2006-07), Cardinals (2007-09) and Giants (2010).

— Carrie Muskat


wow…Ojeda really?… wow… its going to be a long year

I second that….and Looper?

Lets just hope they dont make the team. I have an idea where this organization is headed this year and that is looking up in the standings at the rest of the NL Central.

Cubs are all about second chances, what’s wrong with that? Cubs’ fans need to learn a little optimism. Gee! I think the Cubs will be fine this season. Team chemistry will win out over talent any day! Give ’em a chance.

^^^ haha you still need the right pieces…

“2011-Year of the 2nd chance”. It’s not clear the direction of this organization/onwership. Is Hendry just re-stocking the minor leagues with bodies? Who knows what’s lurking in his mind. And Bobby Scales? How many chances does he get to be a back up infeilder and what’s it say about his chances when Hendry brings back OJEDA? Ojeda! Let’s give Doug Discenzo another chance. This team needs more than a GM that hands out 10 million dollar, one year, 2nd chance contracts to “superstars” like Pena, the team needs a GM that can lay out a long term sustainable plan and Hendry hasn’t been very good at that, instead opting for quick fixes such as Pena, Bradley, Fukodome, Byrd…whoever’s available AT THE TIME. His only successful long term idea was Ramirez and Lee but that was cancelled out by his worst long term “plan”…the 8 year DH in left field.

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