Wells and Wood optioned to minors, Clevenger over Castillo

I'd much rather have seen Randy Wells in the Chicago Cubs rotation, but rather than bullpenning him the Cubs have at least done the only other smart thing possible by optioning him to the minors. Good call on that even if it's the result of other poor decisions. I've been saying for awhile that Steve Clevenger is the better catcher and better option to back-up Geovany Soto. He's played better in the minor leagues. He has better projections. He's more versatile. He's just a better player and it's great to see the Cubs pick him over Castillo for the job.

With Wells and Travis Wood optioned to the minors, the Cubs rotation is set with Ryan Dempster pitching opening day. He'll be followed by Matt Garza, Chris Volstad, Jeff Samardzija and Paul Maholm. Maholm is only pitching in the 5th game because he's coming back from injury and the Cubs have taken it easy with him. The final two spots filled in the rotation were Volstad and then Samardzija.

Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather also made the team.

More info on the final roster as it comes.

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