The Cubs lost a spring training game to the Rangers, 3-2. The game featured very few Cubs regulars, with Hisanori Takashi giving up 3 runs over 3 innings as the “starter.” Considering Takashi was expected to be competing for the job of second left handed pitcher out of the pen, it’s a little surprising to see him pitching more than one inning. But with Matt Garza and Scott Baker both starting the season on the DL, the Cubs could be giving nearly everyone a shot to be the sixth starter for the first few weeks of the season.
In regards to players who are on the active roster bubble, Dave Sappelt continued to struggle in spring training, while relief pitchers Michael Bowden and Rule 5 draft pick Hector Rondon both pitched scoreless innings. But since I don’t think players should be able to win active roster spots based on spring training results, I find that a little irrelevant. With that said, I think Sappelt should make the team because both Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus need right handed platoon mates, and Rondon is talented enough that the Cubs should work to keep him this season.
Rumor has it that the Detroit Tigers are looking for a veteran closer. Leaving aside the fact that they are doing this because their young closer in waiting, Bruce Rondon, has struggled in spring training (and you know how I feel about spring training results), does this mean the Tigers may be interested in Carlos Marmol? Bruce Levine nearly immediately linked Marmol to the Tigers, but pretty much everyone else said it would be unlikely for the Cubs’ closer to be moving to a new team before Opening Day. Other rumors have said the Tigers might be looking to bring Jose Valverde back on a one year deal. Despite the fact that Valverde is not a good pitcher anymore, if I were the Tigers I would be looking for any option that could be had on the cheap before trading prospects for a closer.