Cubs Roster Move Extravaganza (Barney, Ransom, Gregg, Loe, Lillibridge, Takahashi, Dolis, oh my)

The Cubs look much different heading into this Rangers series than they did during the off day yesterday, as they announced a flurry of moves.  I mentioned on Sunday that the Cubs signed Kevin Gregg and claimed Kameron Loe from the Mariners, well both pitchers have been added to the major league roster.  Also being Barney backadded to the major league roster is Darwin Barney who is coming off the DL tonight.  That wasn’t the only addition, the Cubs also claimed infielder Cody Ransom, with all the players being added to the active roster, a few had to go, and that’s what happened.  The Cubs DFA’d Brent Lillibridge, and Hisanori Takahashi, and optioned Rafael Dolis back to Iowa.  The Cubs will have ten days to trade, waive or release Lillibridge and Takahashi.  My guess is that Lillibridge will end up in Iowa as long as he isn’t claimed by another team, and Takahashi will no longer be a member of the Cubs.  Busy day for the Cubs and the game hasn’t even started yet, such is life with an under-performing club.  Barney, Gregg, and Loe are on the roster for tonight’s game, Ransom will most likely be ready to go tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Roster Move Madness; Dempster, Soto, Szczur

Most of the day has been quiet, but within the last hour thing went a little nuts.

*** Geovany Soto has been activated from the DL, and is in the starting lineup tonight.

***  Matt Szczur has been activated from the DL by the Daytona Cubs, this is great news, expect him to be back in the lineup this week, possibly tonight.

***  Ryan Dempster has been placed on the DL, this will not affect his trade value so we are told.  Lat tightness is why Dempster is hitting the DL. Randy Wells is expected to take Dempster’s start against the Sox.

***  Scott Maine has been re-called from Iowa

I think that’s enough for now.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Roster Moves

The Cubs released LHP Nate Robertson because he was basically horrible this year, going 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 14 games in Iowa.

The subsequent move was signing Shane Lindsay and assigning him to AAA Iowa.  Lindsay might be familiar to Chicagoland baseball fans as he pitched last year in the White Sox organization.  He was named to the International League All-Star team with the AAA Charlotte Knights.  Lindsay was 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA and four saves in 45 games at Charlotte.  He also got some time in the bigs last September when the White Sox called him up, though it was limited (4 appearances).  He was released by the Dodgers earlier this month.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Roster Moves Coming (UPDATE)

Kerry Wood is listed on the game day roster today, and Scott Maine is not.  Nothing official yet, but expect Wood to be officially activated from the DL today, and Maine to be sent back to Iowa.  Waiting on confirmation.

[UPDATE]   Confirmed, Kerry Wood is activated and Scott Maine has been sent down.  Also, Ryan Dempster has officially been activated, Randy Wells has been sent back to Iowa.

– George

March 13, 2012 – Cubs Roster Moves

The Cubs have assigned RHP Esmailin Caridad, and RHP Casey Weathers to minor league camp.  In addition to moving Weathers to the minor league camp, the Cubs also removed him from the 40-man roster.  The major league camp roster stands at 55, and the 40-man roster is now down to 39.  I’m sure these types of moves will be happening daily as we inch closer to opening day where the Cubs will need a 25-man active roster.  Stay tuned to the blog for the latest updates.

Thanks for reading,

George Cotugno

Cubs Assign More Players

The Cubs made some minor moves yesterday before the game against the Dodgers.   Right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee and catcher Micah Gibbs were sent back to the club’s minor-league facility at Fitch Park.  Making those moves brings the Cubs roster down to 57 players in major league camp, and brings the total number of players assigned to minor league camp to six.

Players assigned:

  • RHP – Marco Carillo
  • RHP – Trey McNutt
  • INF – Jonathan Mota
  • OF – Jae-Hoon Ha
  • RHP – Dae-Eun Rhee
  • C  – Micah Gibbs

Cubs Trim Camp Roster

Cubs made a few moves before facing off with the White Sox today.  RHP Marco Carillo, RHP Trey McNutt, INF Jonathan Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha have been reassigned to minor league camp.  The big league camp roster now stands at 59.  First pitch in a little less than half an hour.