3/21 Cubs to meet Tuesday re: roster
Mike Quade will meet Tuesday morning with GM Jim Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush, pitching coach Mark Riggins, bench coach Pat Listach and others to discuss the state of the Cubs and make some roster decisions.
“It’s time to sit down,” Quade said Monday.
The Cubs have nine games remaining this spring.
“I think the conversation tomorrow basically talks about everybody’s role on this club — who’s still alive to make this club, who’s not, where we see the depth, the rankings from the pitching to the bullpen, the whole club,” Quade said. “We have decisions to make. We know a healthy [Aramis] Ramirez is our third baseman, but we’re going to go through the whole club — at least that’s what I want to do. We’ll look at every angle, every possibility.”
Quade has his opinions on certain players. For example, catcher Welington Castillo has opened his eyes. Castillo was batting .706 this spring. That’ll get your attention. However, they have to determine whether Castillo and the Cubs are better served if he’s starting at Triple-A Iowa or backing up Geovany Soto on the big league team. Blake DeWitt, on the other hand, is hitting .163 and still has work to do at second base.
Quade said he’s already had some healthy disagreements with Hendry, Bush and others, and that’s OK.
“I’m not of the mentality that I have to win,” Quade said. “I’m not an ego guy. I want to do the right thing.”
— Carrie Muskat