Cubs In No Rush To Add Bullpen Help

TUESDAY, 9:09am: Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the Cubs "are not interested in any of the remaining free agent relievers."  They'll look within for their open bullpen spots, and manager Lou Piniella wouldn't rule out using '08 first rounder Andrew Cashner.

SUNDAY, 10:17am: Injury issues in the Cubs' bullpen won't prompt the club to rush out and acquire a veteran reliever, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cubs officials say they still intend to scout opposing players and consider possible trades through March, but that nagging injuries to Angel Guzman and Jeff Gray won't accelerate their pursuit of bullpen help.

Having lost Kevin Gregg via free agency and having handed Carlos Marmol the ninth-inning role, the Cubs are looking for someone to step up and take over as their primary setup man. Guzman and Gray are two candidates, but are suffering from a sore shoulder and strained groin, respectively.

In addition to exploring the trade market, the Cubs could still add a free agent pitcher. Kiko Calero remains the most intriguing right-handed arm available and has been linked to the team a few times this winter. The Cubs were concerned, however, that Calero could have health questions of his own, given his past shoulder injuries.


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31 Comments on "Cubs In No Rush To Add Bullpen Help"


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thejerkstore
5 years 4 months ago

Sounds reasonable enough to me, besdes gray & guzman they have some some decent in house options that are major league ready- gaub, parker, cashner, stevens, caridad. May as well see what they can do

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briantalletsmoustache
5 years 4 months ago

They could always approach the Jays about trading for Kevin Gregg . . .

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rayking
5 years 4 months ago

Hendry probably should have taken this approach before he gave Grabow a 2-year $7.5 mil contract. They do indeed have decent in-house options, as previously posted – all the more reason Grabow’s money should have been allocated to an area of need.

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studio179
5 years 4 months ago

The Cubs do have some young arms that could fill a role in the pen. I think Hendry showed a little patience this offseason…at least more than in the past. Maybe because of the new owners or his horrible ’08 offseason, who knows. He still overpaid, but showed at least the illusion he had more patience. However, he could not wait until the offseason began to rush out and sign Grabow (who has bone spurs in his pitching elbow) for that deal.

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studio179
5 years 4 months ago

I am glad to see the Cubs showing some patience here. Someone from their in house arms should rise up to be a decent pen arm this year. No worse than what is left out there on the market anyway. I like the potential of a couple of the names in compitition for a pen spot. They just need to throw strikes and hit their spots to gain confidence and keep Lou’s lack of patience for young pitchers in check.

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Ricky Bones
5 years 4 months ago

What’s Roberto Novoa up to?

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studio179
5 years 4 months ago

Bounced around with teams and I think he ended up in the Mexican League.

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studio179
5 years 4 months ago

Bounced around with teams and I think he ended up in the Mexican League.

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

Here’s a thought…does anyone think that Castro’s fate and the bullpen are somehow tied together? With the Cubs lacking the money to sign a free agent, it’s reasonable to assume that they lack the money to bring in somebody via trade. As an example Frasor makes 2.5m and Downs makes 4M. If they don’t have money to sign a FA, how do they add these kind of salaries through a trade? The answer is they have to trade a salary to do it. So, are the Cubs eager to start Castro at SS and move Theriot to 2b to make Fontenot expendable and include his 1M salary in a package for a reliever? That would put someone like Frasor’s net cost to the Cubs at 1.5M

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disgustedcubfan
5 years 4 months ago

I’d love to see the Cubs move Fontenot.
For that matter, if Castro is even close to being ready, unloading Theriot would be something to think about. He is average at the plate and probably below average in the field, and makes more $$$ than Fontenot.
What do you think the Padres would want for Heath Bell? Do you think Samardzija and Marshall would be enough?

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

The Cubs would like to make that deal, I’m sure, but I don’t think it would be enough for Bell. The Padres like Marshall (if the old Peavy rumors were accurate) but if he were traded, he would be a smaller part of a bigger package. They are one of the teams that likes Vitters a lot. He could be a future low cost replacement for Gonzalez at first. They also need middle infield, a position of depth in the Cubs system. I don’t really know though. This is all just wild speculation!

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crunchy1
5 years 4 months ago

You know, you also got me thinking about Marshall. He’s another guy who’s now in the 1M range. Even though he’s probably worth it, there are some scenarios where he may become expendable too. When (if) Lilly returns in May and if Samardzija succeeds as a starter, it may crowd Gorzelanny out of the rotation and give the Cubs two lefty long men out of the pen. The more I think about, the more I think the Cubs should wait until about May to see what kind of options are out there. They’ll know so much more about there team by then.

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101andCounting
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t understand why we don’t make Marshall the setup man. He was very effective out of the bullpen last year and an 8-9 of Marshall and Marmol would actually be pretty threatening. I know they’re saying he’s the favorite to get the fifth starting spot, but I don’t see him performing well there – I think Gorzelanny or even Silva could probably do just as good of a job if given the opportunity. We’re gonna have a lot to watch over the next 33 days.

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Ricky Bones
5 years 4 months ago

Marshall’s versatility to perform well in all roles precludes him from pitching strictly in a setup role.

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Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Of course. We have been speculating that Hendry has his back so far against the salary-wall that it will take a musical chairs game if he wants to add anyone. If we were to trade for a high-priced reliever, you can almost bet someone with a fair salary would be included in the deal. Well, the only expendable guys like that are Fontenot/Baker or Marshall/Gorze (although he is needed as the 5th man at least till Lilly returns in my mind – but maybe not Hendrys).

And if they were to maybe trade Fontenot just to have salary space to add a reliever, then the spots vacated would have to be promoted from within (they wouldnt be trading him if they had money). Ideally it would be Baker/Blanco as the main 2B/UI spots with Chad Tracy getting that last roster spot (providing the much needed second real bench bat) instead of Castro being rushed. But we just talked about the apparent obsession they have in getting the ‘Hype’ in the majors…