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Right-hander Randy Wells was among nine players sent to the minors Thursday by the Chicago Cubs.
Wells, a 12-game winner in 2009, was 7-6 with a 4.99 ERA last season when he was slowed by an early injury to his forearm. His demotion means Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) and Chris Volstad have made the starting rotation along with Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Paul Maholm.
Also sent down was lefty Travis Wood, who struggled this spring after being acquired in trade that sent standout reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati.
Wells, Wood, lefty Scott Maine, outfielder Dave Sappelt and catcher Welington Castillo were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Non-roster invitees sent to minor league camp were right-handed pitcher Blake Parker; infielders Edgar Gonzalez and Matt Tolbert; and catcher Blake Lalli.
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I'd much rather have seen Randy Wells in the Chicago Cubs rotation, but rather than bullpenning him the Cubs have at least done the only other smart thing possible by optioning him to the minors. Good call on that even if it's the result of other poor decisions. I've been saying for awhile that Steve Clevenger is the better catcher and better option to back-up Geovany...
David DeJesus, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Starlin Castro, SS
Bryan LaHair, 1B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Ian Stewart, 3B
Marlon Byrd, CF
Geovany Soto, C
Ryan Dempster, P
I already hate Sveum. Barney is smacking the ball in spring training, I suppose riding out the hot streak isn't that awful. O course so has Soto lately and they're burying him 8th again.
The more things change something...
Over on Cubs Den (a really good blog), John talks about how the Cubs have quietly built depth to give them trade flexibility. I want to look at his bullets one by one because I just don't agree with the conclusion that John is reaching. John is attributing this depth to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer too, which is another thing I mostly disagree with. I know some people find the...
From the Cubs ESPN website... written by Bruce Levine
A few clubs, including the Braves, have watched Cubs CF Marlon Byrd all spring and approached the Cubs about a deal, according to league sources. The Cubs must decide if they are ready to start the major league clock for 23-year-old prospect Brett Jackson, who was the most impressive position player in Cubs camp this spring...
It’s Friday, cuts have been made, dreams have been shattered, veterans have been shocked and all signs point to the Shark.
Opening day is less than a week away, the roster has taken shape and it’s time to play some meaningful baseball games, for a few months, at least.
So, let’s get to some rambling …
• I have to imagine that if Mr. Wells gets back to Chicago, his alleged...
In what was one of the better performances by a Cubs starting pitcher at HoHoKam Park in quite some time, Jeff Samardzija showed Top-of-the-Rotation stuff while throwing six innings of shutout ball (67 pitches - 43 strikes), allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out five. Three relievers followed with three more shutout innings, as the Cubs blanked the Cleveland Indians...
The Chicago Cubs cut nine players today and sent them to minor league camp, reducing the Cactus League roster from 40 to 31.
Cuts included Scott Maine, Travis Wood, Randy Wells, outfielder Dave Sappelt and catcher Welington Castillo, who have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Four non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitcher Blake Parker; infielders...
For those of you hiding under a rock, the Cubs have been doing some off-season work in the bleachers.
What they're doing is raising a section in the Right Field to make some sort of "party patio". By doing this they confidently create a spot just perfect for an "LED video board"
The patio work remains under wraps, but thanks to the good work by one ...
With Jeff Samardzija's "transformation" I thought it would be fun to find other Cubs player who have transformed this spring.
Joe Mather: With a .412/.455/.745 batting line through today, he's established himself as a completely different ballplayer. We know this because he's had 55 plate appearances and that's absolutely enough to know whether or not a...
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Samardzija also hit a triple to lead off the fifth...
Jeff Samardzija knew exactly what he needed to do to get back on track after a subpar outing.
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Dee Gordon had a two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad past the Chicago Cubs 6-3 Friday.
Gordon, who went 1 for 3 with a walk, drove in his first runs of spring. The Dodgers leadoff hitter is batting .381 with 15 runs and 10 stolen bases.
Ian Stewart homered off Dodgers starter Fernando Nieve. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double in the eighth...