Found January 12, 2013 on World Series Dreaming:
It still takes a little adjustment to writing 2013, but I found myself looking at the Cubs 40 man roster situation this morning. The Cubs have a full 40 man roster at the moment and have by all reports signed Carlos Villanueva to a 2 year deal nearly a month ago. The Cubs pitching staff has become very crowded with people that are unable to be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been aggressive in adding pitching to the third worst staff in the NL last season. This has led to a 40 man roster crunch that has been reported by various sources. What has been neglected is that the Cubs have 10 pitchers that cannot be sent to the minors without risk of losing them at this moment, and that does not include left handed setup man James Russell, Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa, and right handed swingman Carlos Villanueva, who hasn’t officially signed. Another aspect of this complicated picture is an aspect that Theo Epstein reportedly talked ab...
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