In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Chicago Cubs’ roster is a little, well . . backed up. Normally, I’d make some kind of joke about fiber and Colon Blow, or about how they only PLAY like they’re backed up. But, in this case, the 40-man roster really IS backed up.
While the Cubs’ agreement to sign outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract is pending a physical, an announcement also may be delayed as the team sorts through a roster glut. The team’s 40-man roster is full and does not yet include right-hander Carlos Villanueva, who agreed to a two-year deal before Christmas.
A source indicated the Villanueva deal is not in jeopardy of falling apart but isn’t considered completed, for a reason not related to his physical. It’s possible the team is taking its time while it unravels the roster crunch.
As you can imagine, these unusual roster circumstances have led to a bit of intrigue in the Chicago Cubs blogosphere. And the fact that the Cubs have been reported to be “in” on Michael Bourn has only served to fuel the flames. Is a major trade in the works? Does it involve moving Soriano? Could the Cubs be offering up someone for a major young pitcher? And, most importantly, does it involve moving Soriano?
The answer, of course, is that none of us know. However, we DO know what the current lineup probably looks like, and, to be fair, it too is awfully glutty. In fact, if the Cubs do manage to land Michael Bourn, this is what we’re looking at:
And that only includes the players who are expected to be part of a platoon. And what does all this mean for poor, hot Brett Jackson? And will all these players affect my ability to get grilled onions on my hot dog without having to walk all the way to left field? Maybe one of them could be in charge of the grilled onions?
I posted a link to this Cubs charity event in the comments yesterday. If you can identify more than 50% of the players in these photos, you probably work in the Cubs HR department.
Finally, I’m thrilled to announce that Wrigley Talk Friday will return next Friday, February 8th. We’ll get back to you with the time. Are you excited? I knew you would be.