Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cubs Roster Moves

Since I last posted any of these customs from my 2013 team set (just a few days ago!), the Cubs have made several roster moves resulting in one season debut (Chris Rusin, who made his Cubs debut last year) and two new Cubs debuts (Pedro Strop & Matt Guerrier). Unfortunately, I haven't come across any usable (resolution wise) photos of them in their new uniforms.

In the meantime, here is one from my "Missing List" from earlier in the season, Hisanori Takahashi.

Takahashi signed as free agent prior to the season and was traded to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later on June 22. He was in Triple-A Iowa at the time after pitching just 3 innings in 3 appearances for the Cubs in early April. Takahashi remains at the AAA level, pitching for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and even stayed in the same league (Pacific Coast) as Iowa.

Surprisingly, other former Cubs currently donning the Sky Sox uniform include Justin Berg, Chris Volstad, Xavier Nady and manager Glenallen Hill. Tyler Colvin, Manny Corpas  and DJ LeMahieu also started the season there but have since been called up.

As I note on the 2013 Cubs Custom Team Set page, the Cubs have now used 41 different players since Opening Day. Last year's team record of 53 is well within reach, especially with the Cubs being sellers at the deadline.And the fact that it is not even the All-Star break yet and there will still be a smattering of September call-ups.

1 comment:

  1. If 53 is the over/under on players that will be used this year, then I'm going with the under.

    Current members of the 40 man roster that haven't played for the Cubs yet in '13 AND have a decent shot at a call-up include Jake Arrieta, Alberto Cabrera, and Trey McNutt on the pitching side. Hitters include Junior Lake, Josh Vitters, Logan Watkins, Brett Jackson, and Matt Szczur.

    Those eight players, if they all get the call, would put the number at 49. That means 4 other players would need to come in from somewhere AND be major league ready. Garza is apparently good as gone, but I don't know if he'll bring back major league ready talent. Maybe Gregg goes? Maybe they flip Guerrier?

    Who knows, but I doubt you'll have to make 53 cards again. Juts my two cents.