Pitchers and catchers have reported to Mesa today as baseball is almost back in full swing! On the day where baseball has returned, the Cubs made a move by designating outfielder Tony Campana for assignment to make room for outfielder Scott Hairston on the 40-man roster. The Cubs reportedly inked a deal for Hairston to a 2-year deal a few weeks back and it’s now official.

I wonder what took them so long to make this move as it was the obvious choice to make. My guess is they could have been working on a trade so they didn’t have to DFA Campana. But since no trade came along, they had to DFA Campana. I think they should have made the move a little while ago as Campana already reported to camp.

Yes, Campana had no shot in making the team and if he does get claimed, it’s not a big deal. We’re going to miss his speed and he’s a Cubs favorite as well. He was the one player that had the loudest cheers at the Cubs convention.

I have a feeling Campana will be claimed and will be on a different team come opening day. But if he’s not, he’ll be good depth next year and could be called up if Alfonso Soriano and/or David DeJesus are traded.

Getting back to spring training

What could we see in the next month and a half:
*A Carlos Marmol trade
*A Alfonso Soriano trade
*A Matt Garza trade

**So, we could see are share of moves if the right offer came along. Like I’ve been saying, I do expect at least one of the three players to be traded.

Other notes:
*RP Carlos Marmol is expected to show up to Mesa by the end of the day. Even with the charges of domestic abuse hanging over him. I think the charges are false and he will not be charged. Theo said all the evidence they have received of Marmol says he is not guilty.
*We will see Cubs top prospect Javier Baez at camp, but he WILL NOT make the team. Theo and Jed made that clear today. The Cubs just want to see how he does. Dale Sveum said he will play SS and 2B this Spring.
*Sveum said Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson are all opening day candidates. Garza has looked good in workouts thus far. If Garza is healthy, I think he takes the ball on opening day followed by Samardzija and Jackson.

More to come!

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