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Diving into the depths: Chicago Cubs

Jan 22, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
Chicago Cubs
1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Ryan Dempster
3. Ted Lilly
4. Randy Wells
5. Tom Gorzelanny
6. Carlos Silva
7. Sean Marshall
8. Jeff Samardzija
9. Mike Parisi
10. Andrew Cashner
11. Mitch Atkins
12. Jay Jackson
13. Chris Carpenter
Lilly hasn’t been ruled out for Opening Day just yet, but all signs point to him missing the first month after shoulder surgery. That could leave room for both Gorzy or Silva in the rotation, but it’s also possible that the Cubs will go out and sign Ben Sheets or another starter.
With a healthy Lilly, I think they’d still have adequate depth, but that’s largely because I’m fonder of Gorzy and Marshall than most.
1. Carlos Marmol
2. Angel Guzman
3. John Grabow
4. Sean Marshall
5. Jeff Gray
6. Carlos Silva
7. Esmailin Caridad
8. Jeff Samardzija
9. David Patton
10. Justin Berg
11. Mike Parisi
12. Jeff Stevens
13. Scott Maine
14. John Gaub
15. Jeff Kennard
Kiko Calero would look pretty good in between Grabow and Marshall. The Cubs have plenty of options, but no one beyond the front four qualifies as trustworthy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Caridad, Stevens and Maine emerge as decent choices this year, but I wouldn’t want to have to count on any of them on Opening Day.

1. Geovany Soto
2. Koyie Hill
3. Chris Robinson
First base
1. Derrek Lee
2. Micah Hoffpauir
3. Jeff Baker
4. Bryan LaHair
Second base
1. Jeff Baker
2. Mike Fontenot
3. Andres Blanco
Third base
1. Aramis Ramirez
2. Jeff Baker
3. Bobby Scales
4. Mike Fontenot
1. Ryan Theriot
2. Andres Blanco
3. Starlin Castro
The price tags only figure to keep falling, so the Cubs may yet wind up with Orlando Hudson or Felipe Lopez at second base. Landing either would provide a big boost. Baker can hit, but he’d be a liability defensively in the process. Ideally, he’d return to a reserve role.
Left field
1. Alfonso Soriano
2. Sam Fuld
3. Micah Hoffpauir
4. Bobby Scales
5. Brad Snyder
Center field
1. Marlon Byrd
2. Sam Fuld
3. Kosuke Fukudome
4. James Adduci
Right field
1. Kosuke Fukudome
2. Sam Fuld
3. Micah Hoffpauir
4. Tyler Colvin
5. Bobby Scales
If the Cubs sign a second baseman, then Baker will become another option in the outfield and a nice complement to Fuld as a backup in the corners. If not, then the Cubs need to go get themselves a fourth outfielder with some pop, particularly since manager Lou Piniella doesn’t trust Hoffpauir anywhere other than first base.

  1. doug - Jan 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    They should have made a bigger play for Halladay.

  2. willmose - Jan 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    They should go steal a truck.

  3. ugetwutuask4 - Jan 22, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Their lineup doesn’t look intimidating at all. All their players are over-payed, over-acheiver’s and they’ll never win a world series with that current rotation and or starting lineup. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a half way decent baseball talent evaluator to look at the Cub’s roster and see that they’re going nowhere fast. They have proven in year’s past that they’re a team with a bunch of injury riddled players whose best days are behind them and always seem to disappear when the team needs them most. Their best player is Big Z and he isn’t even a number 1 starter he’s a two or three at best. He has number 1 type stuff but his attitude is that of a 2nd or 3rd starter in a rotation. I guess it’s another, “maybe next year” type of season.

  4. Moses Green - Jan 23, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    Wow, at least you admit you’re personally biased in your eval on the starters. Yuck.
    Z is on a long slow fade, Dempster isn’t a true #2 starter. Gorzo snuck into your head a long time ago and now he won’t leave you alone obviously, since it’s time to admit that the guy is probably just a bullpen lefty. Having the worthless rotting carcass of Carlos Silva rated higher than Marshall tells me you don’t really like him as much as all that. Lilly’s health is a serious question mark, I see an abrupt fade into oblivion that will cost Pinella 7% of his remaining sanity.

  5. algrande - Jan 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    I’m still p-offed at how bad the Flubs played in the play-offs against L.A. 2 seasons ago-so much so I refused to watch them last season. If someone had told you that every one of your infielders would commit an error in the SAME game, you would call them crazy-but that’s EXACTLY what happened-what an embarrassing buncha losers-GoSox

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