1/10 Bogusevic, Lillibridge headline NRI list

The Cubs announced some of their non-roster invitees, including Brian Bogusevic, Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald. The players received an invite to the big league Spring Training camp. The list includes Bogusevic, 28, an Oak Lawn native, who attended De La Salle Institute in Chicago. A left-handed hitter, he batted .203 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 28 RBIs in 146 games last season with the Astros.

McDonald, 34, is a former first-round pick, who has played for the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox and Yankees since 2004. A right-handed hitter, he batted .205 combined for the Red Sox and Yankees last season. Another outfielder invited include Johermyn Chavez, 23, who has not played above the Double-A level. He batted .232 in 75 games with the Mariners’ Jackson team last season.

Lillibridge, 29, has played for the Braves, White Sox, Red Sox and Indians, and posted a .213 average over five seasons. Last season, the infielder was dealt twice. He opened the season with the White Sox, and was traded to the Red Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal, then dealt one month later to the Indians for Jose De La Torre. In four seasons with the White Sox, Lillibridge batted .217. He is a versatile player, and has played all positions except catcher.

The Cubs also invited infielder Alberto Gonzalez, 29, who has played for the Yankees, Nationals, Padres and Rangers. Last season, he batted .241 in 24 games with Texas.

Edwin Maysonet, 31, who batted .250 in 30 games with the Brewers last season, also received an invite, as did first baseman/outfielder Brad Nelson, 30, who has not played in the big leagues since 2009 with the Brewers. A fourth-round pick by the Brewers in 2001, he spent all of 2012 at the Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock team, batting .279 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs in 132 games.

Catcher J.C. Boscan, 33, who has spent 16 seasons in the Minor Leagues, also will be in Mesa. Last season, he batted .189 for the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett team.

The Cubs also invited eight pitchers, including right-handers Andrew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker, Zack Putnam and Cory Wade, and lefty Hisanori Takahashi. Carpenter, 27, has appeared in 23 Major League games over five seasons with the Phillies, Padres and Blue Jays. The Cubs acquired Chapman, 25, from the Braves last July in the Paul Maholm deal, and he appeared in 14 games. Parker, 27, was selected by the Cubs’ in the 16th round of the 2006 Draft, and opened last year at Triple-A Iowa. He was promoted to the big league team in mid May, but appeared in seven games before he was shutdown with a right elbow injury. Putnam, 25, has compiled a 3.90 ERA over 171 games in five Minor League seasons with the Indians and Rockies, while Lewis, 28, has a 3.32 ERA in 196 games over eight seasons in the Indians’ Minor League system. Takahashi, 37, has a 14-12 record, 3.97 ERA in 165 games (12 starts) for the Mets, Angels and Pirates. He pitched for the Yomiuri Giants before coming to the U.S. Major Leagues in 2010.

The Cubs did sign Dontrelle Willis, but he received a Minor League deal, and will be in the team’s Minor League camp. Willis, who turns 31 on Saturday, has pitched for the Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Reds, compiling a 72-69 record and 4.17 ERA over nine seasons. He was on the World Series champion Marlins team in 2003, and won National League Rookie of the Year honors that year, posting a 14-6 record and 3.30. He finished second in the Cy Young balloting in 2005 when he won 22 games.

— Carrie Muskat


these are pretty dull signings. Not sure why they even bothered. Lousy career minor leaguers who are between the ages of 29 and 34 will probably not get the Cubs a world championship.

I do think it was worth bringing in Dontrelle Willis but I hope he’s not another Milton Bradley (ie, all talk and no action after he told Hendry “I’d like to be a Cub if you’ll have me” and then we all know how that turned out).

I saw Willis’ interview when he signed with the Phillies. All this talk about how he’s going to turn it around, etc… Did not happen.

I surely hope it will happen with the Cubs but his history leaves me skeptical. at least they got him with no risk though.

I don’t think it’s about getting the Cubs a world championship at this point! although it would be nice! What Theo and Jed see is a bunch of guys that haven’t really had a whole lot of time in the BIGS. So why wouldn’t they fight to get on the team? Why wouldn’t they come out day in and day out to help put runs on our score board? and at a cheap price at that! Got to think you can get more out of a player making less money then you can from a player making more money. Got to think of it like this. If your Soriono got 8 year 100 some million deal for 8 years you say well there not going to send me down they got to much money in me to do so, so I think i’ll just do as little as I can. Then you got these older guy’s that has never really made it to the show or hasn’t seen as many at bats to play harder to stay on the roster for less money. sorry if there are typo’s I typed this in the dark lol. LETS GO CUBBIES

Pretty good for typing in the dark! These invitees are almost laughable. Fight to get on the team? Look at their career numbers….they will fight to get on a team and bring along inferior talent. I have to wonder how hard they fought to make any of their previous teams. When Hoystein invites players that are as “good” or worse than some semi-talented, raw, rookies already in the system….why bother? As Carrie pointed out, Lillibridge IS a versatile player and played all “positions” except Catcher but she left out one other “position” he hasn’t played, “hitter”.

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