MESA, Ariz. _ We'll get to the lineups in a sec. Lou had some interesting news about the bullpen today.
The battle for the final spots will go to this weekend in New York. The Cubs will not put Rule 5 guy David Patton or longtime prospect Angel Guzman on waivers tomorrow _ they'd get claimed in a heartbeat. Instead, they'll go to New York this weekend with a shot to make the team. Ditto for Jeff Samardzija, who has minor-league options. Veteran Chad Fox will go to New York, but he will not make the team. Instead, he'll report to Class AAA Iowa.
It seems the Cubs would like to trade veteran Chad Gaudin, who has not had a good spring.
So we have four pitchers chasing two spots: Gaudin, Samardzija, Guzman and Patton. Samardzija is an easy procedural move; you can option him. Something then will have to give with one of the other three. The good thing, as the Cubs see it, is they'll get a chance to look at Patton in Yankee Stadium. He's not pitched above Class A ball, and they want to see how he does pitching in a stadium with a "second deck."