We all lament the tedium that is most of the offseason. There is little-to-no news most days, and the speculation that does exist is oftentimes laughable. I mean, we’ve resorted to making fun of the Cubs.com mailbag a few times. Today’s news isn’t very exciting, but it means that Spring Training is just around the corner. The Cubs announced several non-roster invitees to big league camp this spring. You won’t be impressed.
The Cubs announced some of their non-roster invitees, including Brian Bogusevic, Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald. The players received an invite to the big league Spring Training camp. The list includes Bogusevic, 28, an Oak Lawn native, who attended De La Salle Institute in Chicago. A left-handed hitter, he batted .203 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 28 RBIs in 146 games last season with the Astros.
McDonald, 34, is a former first-round pick, who has played for the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox and Yankees since 2004. A right-handed hitter, he batted .205 combined for the Red Sox and Yankees last season. Another outfielder invited include Johermyn Chavez, 23, who has not played above the Double-A level. He batted .232 in 75 games with the Mariners’ Jackson team last season.
Lillibridge, 29, has played for the Braves, White Sox, Red Sox and Indians, and posted a .213 average over five seasons.
Who else is getting excited? But wait, there’s more!
The Cubs also invited infielder Alberto Gonzalez, 29, who has played for the Yankees, Nationals, Padres and Rangers. Last season, he batted .241 in 24 games with Texas.
Edwin Maysonet, 31, who batted .250 in 30 games with the Brewers last season, also received an invite, as did first baseman/outfielder Brad Nelson, 30, who has not played in the big leagues since 2009 with the Brewers.
Catcher J.C. Boscan, 33, who has spent 16 seasons in the Minor Leagues, also will be in Mesa. Last season, he batted .189 for the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett team.
Who wants to know what pitchers will be there? You’ll find out after the jump…
The Cubs also invited eight pitchers, including right-handers Andrew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker, Zack Putnam and Cory Wade, and lefty Hisanori Takahashi. Carpenter, 27, has appeared in 23 Major League games over five seasons with the Phillies, Padres and Blue Jays.
The most interesting name there is that of Jaye Chapman:
The Cubs acquired Chapman, 25, from the Braves last July in the Paul Maholm deal, and he appeared in 14 games.
He pitched in 14 games for the Cubs last season, posting a 3.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He struck out 12 men in 12 innings, but had 10 walks. He may have a chance to compete for a bullpen spot. And don’t forget about Dontrelle Willis! He’s not in major league camp, but will probably regain his ace form of 8 years ago and lead the Cubs to the World Series.