Chicago Cubs: Roster

Cubs to use six-man rotation

September, 2, 2014
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs will indeed utilize a six-man rotation, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday.

The Cubs have been intimating for several weeks that they want to see some of their young pitchers, and with rosters expanded for the month of September, they’ll continue to see a lot of them.

After Jake Arrieta's start Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs will go with Kyle Hendricks followed by Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront, Travis Wood and Jacob Turner. Then, they'll repeat that cycle until further notice.

Two of Tuesday's call-ups from the minors, Eric Jokisch and Dan Straily, might not start a game right away but could "piggyback" another young starter's outing. Cubs president Theo Epstein had high praise for the lefty, Jokisch, in particular.

"Outstanding minor league career," Epstein said Tuesday. "Plus changeup. Three pitches now. Really consistent, impressive season at Triple-A. He’s a long-term starting pitching candidate."

Jokisch, the Cubs' 11th-round choice in the 2010 draft, went 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts for Triple-A Iowa this year.

The Cubs promoted their pitchers based on performance and season-long pitch and/or innings counts. For example, Triple-A starter Dallas Beeler reached his limit, so he wasn't recalled with the group of his former teammates.

Arodys Vizcaino among 7 called up by Cubs

September, 2, 2014
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs added seven players to their roster from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, including outfielder Junior Lake and right-handed pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino.

Also joining the Cubs are pitchers Brian Schlitter, Dan Straily, Zac Rosscup and Eric Jokisch, along with catcher Rafael Lopez.

Vizcaino is the second-rated pitching prospect in the Cubs organization behind CJ Edwards. He was 1-1 with two saves and a 3.51 ERA at three different stops in the minors this season after returning from two years of arm injuries. Vizcaino threw well in spring training, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun, but the Cubs took things slow with him this season.

Lake returns after a being demoted earlier this season. He hit .216 with 102 strikeouts in 291 big-league at-bats in his first stint. Straily, Rosscup and Schlitter also spent time with the Cubs this season. Straily was acquired in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics.

Jokisch also threw well in spring training and will make his major league debut when he pitches for the Cubs. He was 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts for Iowa. Jokisch was an 11th-round pick of the Cubs in 2010. First-time call-up Lopez was a 16th-round pick in 2011. He hit .290 between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Jokisch and Lopez were added to the 40-man roster. To make room, the Cubs transferred outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the 60-day disabled list due to an ankle injury. Jokisch and Lopez were subject to being taken in the Rule 5 draft per service time rules, so adding them to the 40-man roster was needed.

Top minor league hitter Kris Bryant and pitcher Armando Rivero aren't available in this year's Rule 5 draft, so they weren't added to the roster and their seasons are over.

Cubs add Alcantara and Beeler to 40-man

November, 20, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs added infielder Arismendy Alcantara and pitcher Dallas Beeler to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, the final day such moves can be made before the Rule 5 draft next month.

Alcantara, 21, made the all-star team for Double-A Tennessee and hit.271 with 15 home runs and 69 RBI while stealing 31 bases. He also appeared in the Futures Game, hitting a home run. Alcantara has been on the rise within the Cubs organization and should start 2014 at Triple-A Iowa.

Beeler, 24, threw well in the Arizona Fall League after going 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA at Double-A while dealing with injuries. In Arizona, he was 4-1 with a 2.49 ERA in six starts. He started the championship game and gave up one run in five innings. His performance in Arizona may have vaulted him onto the 40-man roster.

Being added to the 40-man roster means those players are ineligible to be taken by another team during the Rule 5 draft, which takes place Dec. 12, the final day of the winter meetings.

Not all players in the organization are eligible to be drafted -- only those with enough service time in the minors who aren’t on the 40-man roster. For example, prospects Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Albert Almora can’t be taken because they haven’t logged enough service time.

The Cubs chose pitcher Hector Rondon last year from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft, and he appeared in 45 games for Chicago. By rule, if a player is taken in the draft he must be put on his new team’s 25-man roster for the upcoming season and remain there for the year. He also can be sent back to the team from which he was selected at any time, for half of the $50,000 it cost to pick him up.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now has 39 players on it.

Sweeney, Valbuena back as rosters expand

September, 1, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- With rosters expanding for September the Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney and infielder Luis Valbuena from the disabled list while recalling right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa, the team announced on Sunday.

Sweeney is returning from a rib injury suffered after crashing into the wall in Seattle in late June. He joins a crowded outfield which includes Brian Bogusevic, Nate Schierholtz and rookie Junior Lake. None are guaranteed jobs for next season, although Lake and Schierholtz are front-runners for two starting positions.

“It’s nice to have those guys back,” Sveum said Sunday morning of his injured players. “The outfield will probably be a little bit of a rotation through the last month.”

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Cubs roster move coming soon

June, 23, 2013
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are expected to make a roster move as soon as Sunday evening and at least before Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers

Currently operating with 13 pitchers, the Cubs are looking for more position-player flexibility before they begin an upcoming six-week run in American League parks.

After Monday’s off day, the Cubs play three games at Milwaukee before heading to Seattle and Oakland for a pair of three-game series. They will have one more game at an AL park on July 8 when they travel across town to face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in a makeup game for a May 28 rainout.

“I think obviously we’ll talk about it today after batting practice and after the game,” manager Dale Sveum said. “But the way we talked the other day, we will have something done by Tuesday going into Milwaukee.”

Despite the off day Monday, Sveum said he will not alter his rotation. Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Matt Garza will start the three games at Milwaukee in that order.

Stewart not a threat for Cubs duo

May, 4, 2013
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- A day after Ian Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum made it clear that Cody Ransom and Luis Valbuena do not need to be looking over their shoulders.

“(Stewart) is down there as a Triple-A player now,” Sveum told reporters before Saturday’s game. “Valbuena and Ransom are our third basemen. That’s the way it is now.”

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Cubs tell two more they're out

March, 26, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs unofficially trimmed their roster by two on Tuesday, informing pitcher Zach Putnam and infielder Alberto Gonzalez they wouldn’t be making the 25-man roster.

Both players will stay with the team through the end of the exhibition season, which concludes on Saturday in Houston. The moves mean Cory Wade, lefty Hisanori Takahashi or an “outside option” will make the squad as will catcher/infielder Steve Clevenger.

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Roster analysis: Who in, who's on bubble?

February, 26, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
MESA, Ariz. -- It's time to play the roster game. Several weeks into camp let's look at who's in and who's out and who's on the fence for the Chicago Cubs:


In: Scott Baker, Shawn Camp, Scott Feldman, Kyuji Fujikawa, Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, Carlos Marmol, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Villanueva, Travis Wood.

Analysis: If the Cubs carry 12 pitchers, as expected, it leaves one spot open in the bullpen. Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon has the inside track since he can't just be sent to the minors while Michael Bowden is another contender. Wood makes the roster considering the injuries to Garza and Baker and his progress at the end of last year.

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Cubs on fast track at GM meetings

November, 5, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' front office will go prospecting in the California desert this week, looking for a lead on a starting pitcher or two.

Fresh off the collapse of a trade with the Los Angeles Angels this weekend that would have landed right-handed starter Dan Haren, the Cubs will engage in more talks this week when the annual general managers meetings take place in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Cubs' three official representatives at the meetings, which run from Wednesday to Friday, will be president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod. Assistant general managers Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman also will be on hand.

While trades are still an option for the Cubs to fill rotation spots as well as bullpen, third-base and center-field voids, there is the free-agent route, as well, and representatives of available players also will be on hand this week.

“I would probably go in with the expectation that it’s groundwork with the possibility that things move a little faster [this year],” Hoyer said of the strategy for the meetings. “That would be pretty early. It’s a little earlier GM meetings even by GM meetings standards.”

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Cubs claim RHP Putnam from Rockies

November, 2, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs filled one of their 40-man roster vacancies Friday when they claimed pitcher Zach Putnam off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Putnum, a University of Michigan alum, was a former fifth-round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and appeared in 10 major league games for the Indians and the Rockies over the past two seasons.

The 25-year-old right-hander has been used exclusively in relief at the Triple-A level the past two seasons, posting a 4.15 ERA and 12 saves at Colorado Springs last season. In 2011, he had a 3.65 ERA with nine saves at Columbus.

The Cubs freed up 10 spots on the 40-man roster last week. Pitcher Chris Volstad and catcher Anthony Recker were claimed by other clubs, while eight other players were outrighted to Triple-A. Right-hander Manny Corpas, one of the players outrighted, elected to become a free agent.

Recker claimed; four are outrighted

October, 25, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO – Catcher Anthony Recker, who was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, was claimed by the New York Mets on Thursday.

The Cubs designated Recker to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Carlos Gutierrez, who the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

In addition to losing Recker, the Cubs also outrighted four players to Triple-A Iowa: infielder Adrian Cardenas, as well as right-handers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo. All four are now off the 40-man roster.

Cubs claim RHP Gutierrez off waivers

October, 24, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO – The Cubs announced Wednesday they have claimed right-hander Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, while catcher was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Gutierrez, whose 2012 season was cut short by a shoulder injury, was a former first-round draft pick in 2008. Primarily used in relief, Gutierrez has posted a 15-20 record with a 4.11 ERA over 136 appearances in the last five seasons.

The University of Miami product made just 10 appearances this past season before a June shoulder injury eventually led to surgery. He began a rehab throwing program earlier this month.

Recker, who was acquired from the A’s in a trade this past season, played in nine games with the Cubs, collecting one home run and four RBIs.

Epstein outlines Cubs' offseason plan

October, 23, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Now that the Chicago Cubs have settled on a coaching staff for 2013, attention will turn to filling out a roster.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTheo Epstein listed two starters on his wish list this offseason.
Big-ticket free agents aren’t on the top of the Cubs’ wish list just yet, but club president Theo Epstein does have some ideas on how he and general manager Jed Hoyer will fill in the roster gaps this winter.

First and foremost, Epstein confirmed that the Cubs are looking to add at least two starting pitchers. But there are also plans to add to the rotation internally.

At third base, where the Cubs received little-to-no production this past season, the club could be willing to give Ian Stewart another chance, provided he no longer has health concerns stemming from a chronic sore wrist.

And in the outfield, the Cubs are focused on adding either a center fielder or a right fielder and depending on what they land, David DeJesus will take over the remaining position. Tony Campana still needs to show considerable improvement offensively to be considered an Opening Day center field candidate.

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Cubs-Tigers complete Baker trade

October, 16, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs completed the Aug. 5 trade that sent Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers by acquiring right-hander Marcelo Carreno.

The 21-year-old was ranked the No. 11 prospect in the Tigers’ organization in the 2012 prospect watch.

Carreno went 9-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (27 starts) for Single-A West Michigan. He had just 28 walks.

Baker was originally sent to the contending Tigers for two players to be named later, but the Cubs agreed to take Carreno and a cash consideration.

Baker had just seven hits in 35 at-bats for the Tigers before he was moved to the Braves on Aug. 31. With Atlanta, he had two hits in 19 at-bats over 14 games.

Cubs say scars will provide inspiration

October, 3, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The cold-hearted cynic could shrug and say the Chicago Cubs deserved their fate this season.

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Jake Roth/US PresswireThe Cubs' Dale Sveum can be "a great manager" says Alfonso Soriano.
They could point out that a flawed roster and a starting staff that was dismantled by trades and injuries was lucky not to lose more than 101 games.

Part of the reality, though, is that a season of this much struggle will leave its scars as the club moves forward. The question is whether those scars will be a burden or provide inspiration.

For David DeJesus, it’s the fourth time he has experienced a 100-loss season, with the first three coming while playing for the Kansas City Royals in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

“It’s tough,” DeJesus said. “We want to go out there and perform for our fans and for our (coaching) staff, but it’s one of those years that things happened. It’s a part of the phase that we’re going through right now and hopefully next year we can come into spring training and they can put some guys around us to hopefully succeed and put us in the playoffs.”

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Jake Arrieta
10 2.53 167 156
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167