first second SWAG* at the Opening Day roster.
Updated when Phil Rogers filled in my memory blank. His constant hyping of Marquez Smith may have been the indirect cause of part of my brain block.
Catchers (2): Geovany Soto, Koyie Hill
Geo is on of the best hitting catchers around and Koyie was tendered a contract. Welington Castillo, Robinson Chirinos and Steve Clevenger are in the queue.
6 7): Carlos Pena, Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez, Darwin Barney, Marquez Smith
Baker, DeWitt and Barney can move around, Smith the corners. Baker can play OF, too, if needed
5 4): Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Tyler Colvin, Kosuke Fukudome
You can swap Bryan LaHair (I did) out for Brad Snyder or Sam Fuld. Or for a right-handed hitter that I can't think of now (Update: Marquez Smith, making Baker the extra OF). Also depends on Colvin's status as a reserve first baseman.
Note: The Cubs have a wealth of young pitchers, they can do all sorts of stuff with this roster as a result --- move guys from rotation to bullpen, trade guys, stash 'em in Iowa. I need to follow-up on this list with their status in terms of options, contract dollars remaining and all that good stuff.
Starting Rotation (5): Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Andrew Cashner, Tom Gorzelanny, Casey Coleman
Gorzo could be traded, Cashner will be limited in his workload (I hope) so look out for guys like Jay Jackson or a veteran from the pen to pick-up innings
Bullpen (7): Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, John Grabow, Esmailin Caridad, Sean Marshall, Randy Wells, Christopher Carpenter
Lest we forget Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Angel Guzman, Carlos Silva, Marcos Mateo, Kyle Smit, Jackson, Jeff Stevens,
Brian Schlitter, James Russell, Rafael Dolis, Scott Maine, Christopher Archer and even Jeff Samardzija or Thomas Diamond... or even Scott Rice or John Gaub, the lists goes on and on
*scientific wild ass guess
Friday, December 17, 2010