Chicago Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports Steve Clevenger is in the lead to win the final spot on the roster. Muskat says Sveum likes what Clevenger is doing and that he’s a left-handed bat off the bench. Sveum would love to have a lefty bat come off the bench like Clevenger. Don’t forget, Clevenger is having one hell of a spring!
Yesterday I wrote an article up stating the Cubs will likely sign a guy off the waiver wire to fill the final spot on the roster. Most notably Bill Hall or Chone Figgins, both of whom were released this spring and now are free agents. However, news changes all the time and that may not be the case anymore.
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com said the Cubs will most likely sign a guy off the waiver wire. He’s not alone and other media outlets reported the same.
As of right now, Clevenger will be on the roster come April 1st. Clevenger will be the 3rd catcher on the roster, the back-up 1B and a back-up at 3B if needed. He’s pretty versatile and that’s not to see.
Clevenger would have had no shot at making the team out of camp without a huge spring. Going into camp, Clevenger was told he will be the starting catcher for Triple A- Iowa. In all fairness, props to Clevenger!
Don’t mis-read the information, the Cubs could sign a guy off the waiver wire and Clevenger won’t make the team. Clevenger is just in the lead right now, but if the right guy came along, the Cubs will jump at the opportunity to sign the player.
Other note: The Cubs were one of many teams that scouted pitcher Chris Young. Young opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals yesterday making him a free agent. Young has been on the decline for years and I don’t what he has yet to offer. However, Young is reportedly in negotiations with the New York Mets.