3/26 Roster update

With Wednesday’s roster moves, the Cubs now have 32 players in camp, including three pitchers — Jake Arrieta, Kyuji Fujikawa and James McDonald — who will not be ready by Opening Day. The team also announced Eli Whiteside will be going to Triple-A Iowa, but he’s still on this list because he’s still in camp. Here’s who is left:

16 pitchers:
Arrieta
Fujikawa
McDonald
Cabrera
Grimm
Hammel
Jackson
Rondon
Rusin
Russell
Samardzija
Strop
Veras
Villanueva
Wood
Wright

* Samardzija, Jackson, Hammel and Wood will start. Still to be determined is whether Chris Rusin gets the fifth spot or the Cubs go with Carlos Villanueva. The bullpen is close to being settled but it depends on Villanueva again. If they keep him, that could squeeze Justin Grimm or Hector Rondon.

Three catchers:
Castillo
Baker
Whiteside

* Eli Whiteside will open at Triple-A Iowa. Rick Renteria announced Baker is the backup.

Seven infielders:
Barney
Castro
Olt
Rizzo
Valbuena
Roberts
Bonifacio

* Can Mike Olt handle third base? He’s looked better in his recent games. The Cubs can have him and Luis Valbuena share the spot, and can use the power that Olt provides.

Six outfielders:
Lake
Ruggiano
Sweeney
Schierholtz
Coghlan
Kalish

* Ryan Sweeney has struggled this spring. The Cubs front office knows Ryan Kalish from his days with the Red Sox. Chris Coghlan is a versatile player. Kalish and Coghlan are both left-handed bats. The Cubs will keep Emilio Bonifacio, who can play the outfield if needed. He’s a switch hitter. So, would that negate needing another lefty bat? It’s all still to be determined.

– Carrie Muskat

20 Comments

I feel with Kalish,Bonifico,Sweeny are hitting stronger.Bullpen kinda scares me,whata you other CUBBIES FANS feel?

After yesterday Coghlan impressed me too!

i think the bullpen is fine…. wayyyyy better than last year.

My estimate of how many wins our Cubs pitchers will get in 2014…….

Arrieta……………….6
Fujikawa…………..1
McDonald…………0
Cabrera…………….3
Grimm………………2
Hammel……………7 (Traded by 8/1)
Jackson…………..6 (Traded by 8/1)
Rondon……………2
Rusin………………4
Russell…………….3
Samardzija………7 (Traded by 8/1)
Strop………………2
Veras……………..2 (Traded by 8/1)
Villanueva……….4 (Traded by 8/1)
Wood…………….11
Wright……………3
Hendricks………..5
Vizcaino………….2
Ramirez………….2

Wins are a pretty arbitrary stat when it comes to actually judging how well pitchers are doing

Agreed. Especially when you’re talking about relief pitchers. And projecting win totals for any pitcher is pretty pointless! And I don’t know why you’re so certain about trading Edwin Jackson. He has three years and 39 million left on his contract and coming off of a down season. Why on Earth would anyone be calling the Cubs now wanting to trade for him? He’s got to reestablish his value first before any team would be remotely interested and before the Cubs can get anything worthwhile back for him. And even if he does reestablish his value, then the Cubs will have to weigh the options of trading him for prospects versus keeping him around to be part of the rotation when the team is supposed to be better in 2015 and 2016.

good call briney

and doug… cubstalk really has no clue what he talks about ever soooo post more here we need you… good stuff

Cubs lose 14-4 today………and Theo is looking over the waiver wire for a #5 starter……..Rusin & Villanuava both got whacked in the last few days…………..Remember Brett Marshall?…….he got whacked by the White Sox today………….sometimes, #5 pitchers have a low ERA on AA hitters….but when they have to face MLB hitters, that ERA soars…………if we hit 77 wins this year, it will be a Miracle !

Aloha CubsTalk- I am impressed with your above breakdown of Cubs pitchers. I was thinking if things worked out that Hammel might stay but can see the logic of him being traded if the opportunity presents itself. Well, at least Jeff S, looked good today and hope this continues through 7/31/14! I was thinking anything over 72wins this year would be good, so if they get 77+ that would be great! Mahalo.

I think there will be a few other Cub pitchers along the way……Beeler…and some new guys from trades………..K.G, were you around Hawaii when Tony Gwynn played for the Islanders?…………I have that team card set with Gwynn. …Mint Condition………local ballplayers use to advertise for the local Pizza Huts back then………..and do you ever go to Michelle’s near Diamond Head?

Aloha CubsTalk! Boy you are bringing up memories! I watched a lot of Islander Baseball-Padres AAA at one point then also the Pirates. I wish they could have worked out a way to have kept them in the islands. My father who was a collegiate coach in the islands had a good friend working in the MLB that at one point was with the Islanders but as a Pirate. I am trying to remember if I have that 1982 Islander’s set that you have. That is very cool! Do you mean Michel’s restaurant at the Colony Surf? I may have when I was a kid! That would have been a treat. Mostly ate at home and then got our plate lunches at Zippy’s or Rainbow’s Drive-Inn! Boy, it would be cool if the Islanders where still around and our Cubbies could have their AAA team there (the WhiteSox did for 1yr)! Will be paying attention to this blog and the other “hot-stove” news to see if a deal goes down before the season begins. Take care now. Mahalo!

There might be a trade in the works……..Seattle looking at Cubs Rusin & Villanueva to be their 5th starter……or would the go after Edwin Jackson?………..Team Theo working the phone lines.

Coghlan looks better and better each day. Now he is showing some pop to go with his versatility.
He’s a gamer! Better not count him out.

Question of the Day……Which Cubs player gets traded first after Opening Day?

A – Samardzija
B – Villanueva
C – Barney
D – Schierholtz

maybe barney but i doubt a trade even happens… Detriot could use Barney and Shierholtz but I just don’t see the deal getting done

Whichever player the Cubs get an offer they can’t refuse first. Still, I wouldn’t think any major trade will go down until at least June, so don’t hold your breath.

any chance Schierholtz will be in the starting lineup more? He seemed to be one of their more consistent hitters last year. Brought me quite a few fantasy points off the bench.

i think he should be there starting out… but I don’t see him producing what he did last year. I sure hope he does tho

He’ll probably be starting on most days, with Ruggiano and/or Bonofacio taking his spot on days the Cubs face a tough lefty. Of course, he could be on the trading block this summer as he’s a free agent after the season.

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