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Cubs will deliver bad news to three pitchers

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08:12 AM ET 03.13 | In addition to the optimism of spring, natural selection is also a part of camp, something that's especially true for the Cubs. Two open starting spots, five pitchers fighting for them. Competition ensues, and at some point, there will be separation. What that means at the end of March is that two people will be on the plane leaving for Chicago with smiles on their faces. The rest? They'll try to figure out what went wrong and how to make it better, and they'll have plenty of time to do it in the bullpen or down in the minors. Until then, welcome to the logjam. ... For Rodrigo Lopez, Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad, Randy Wells and Travis Wood, every outing is fasten-the-seatbelt, don't-blink time.

Chicago Sun-Times

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March 13, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Samardzija isn't going anywhere. They traded Marshall to land Wood. Theo raved about how you need 7 to 9 starters given their unreliabilty. One or two of them could always be sent down or possibly traded. Standard spring training issues

March 13, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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Samardzija isn't going anywhere. They traded Marshall to land Wood. Theo raved about how you need 7 to 9 starters given their unreliabilty. One or two of them could always be sent down or possibly traded. Standard spring training issues

The Cubs should bring back Jon Garland.

March 13, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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The Cubs should bring back Jon Garland.

Still waiting for Jose Contreras to be made available

March 13, 2012  09:22 AM ET

The Bad News Cubs.

March 13, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Still waiting for Jose Contreras to be made available

I'm personally hoping for Jamie Navarro to come back to the south side. Hell, maybe he'll pitch for both Chicago teams again.

March 13, 2012  09:57 AM ET

all teams go to camp with quite a few pitchers who aren't going to be on the opening day roster....

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March 13, 2012  10:14 AM ET

I heard that Rick Reuschel , Steve Trout and Jeff Pico are still available. Remember, quoting "Lord Theo"; "it's the Cubs Way".... I'm not even sure if Lord Theo knows what exactly that is.

March 13, 2012  10:15 AM ET

I heard that Rick Reuschel , Steve Trout and Jeff Pico are still available. Remember, quoting "Lord Theo"; "it's the Cubs Way".... I'm not even sure if Lord Theo knows what exactly the Cubs Way is.

March 13, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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Remember, quoting "Lord Theo"; "it's the Cubs Way".... I'm not even sure if Lord Theo knows what exactly the Cubs Way is.

It's a work in progress.

March 13, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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"The Cubs Way"

Hey, $180,000 was spent on a reputable advertising agency to come up with this daring new slogan

March 13, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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It's a work in progress.

For me, it's been a 47 year working in progress, and for other members of my family, it's been even longer, so don't quote a "work in progress" to me.

March 13, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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For me, it's been a 47 year working in progress, and for other members of my family, it's been even longer, so don't quote a "work in progress" to me.

hit a nerve there Bishop

March 13, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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hit a nerve there Bishop

I sure hope so ;o)

March 13, 2012  01:53 PM ET

The bad news for three of you guys is you will be going north with us and pitching every five days.
Oh, and no staying out late at night either and not getting your rest.

Theo

March 13, 2012  03:04 PM ET
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The bad news for three of you guys is you will be going north with us and pitching every five days. Oh, and no staying out late at night either and not getting your rest.Theo

I've good news and bad news. Good news is that you will play in The Show. The bad news is that you will do it as a Cub.

 
March 13, 2012  07:09 PM ET

the cubs will need to clear some room in their roster, whoever doesn't make it in the big leagues then they most go back to the minors, or get released!!!

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