Before we begin, I’m still looking for a paragraph or two describing some injury issues you’ve had. They can be horrific, humorous, etc. I don’t care. Have fun with it and e-mail them to me:

Out with the Old

Ronny Morla (RHP) – Selected by the Mets in the 1st round of the Rule 5 draft. You might remember he was one of the players we received from the Oakland A’s in the deal that sent Jake Fox out of town.

Casey Lambert (LHP) – Selected by the Orioles in the 2nd round of the Rule 5 draft.

David Patton – Released (Boy that rule 5 pick worked out well. Glad we kept him on the active roster for the better part of 2009)

Jeremy PapelbonReleased (Maybe we can get his brother on the cheap since he’s wearing out his welcome in Boston)

Andres QuezadaReleased

Mason Tobin – Selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Angels and then traded to the Texas Rangers for Cash. Basically a move to use our spot to our advantage. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into another Josh Hamilton type issue.

In with the New

Carlos Pena (1B) – Signed for a one year deal to play first base in 2o11, Pena brings left handed power which is something the Cubs desperately crave. The deal allows the Cubs to pay Pena just $5 million this season and the $5 million balance in January 2012. I don’t know how Jim Hendry does it, but he’s the king of back loading contracts. He even figured out a way to do it on a one year deal. In case you missed it, Buddy did a write up on Pena earlier in the month.

Kerry Wood (RHP) – I can’t begin to describe how thrilled I was to see this move. Not only does Wood offer a veteran leadership in the bullpen filled with kids, but he instantly commands the clubhouse as a former leader of this team. Factor that in with the price tag and you’ve got a tremendous, low risk, move for Jim Hendry. A+ all the way on this move.

Brad Snyder (OF) – Not really sure if he counts as a new face, but Snyder re-signed with the Cubs. You might remember last month that we talked about the idea of catching on with an invite to spring training with another team next year due to the amount of outfielders that the Cubs have. Apparently he wasn’t interested in that option. I’m excited to see him get a chance to make this team out of spring training. You never know. Can we really say Tyler Colvin is a lock out of spring? Can we really say Fukudome won’t be traded? Soriano won’t get injured? There are definitely options that might get this guy a chance to shine if he’s legit.

Polin Trinidad (LHP) – “Polin Trinidad sits in high 80s with a nice changeup. His funky angles and relatively young age (26) means he’s still young enough to embark on a career as a lefty reliever.” (Source)

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