A week ago I had the 2012 starting lineup, starting pitchers, and the top of the bullpen, a total of fifteen players. One of the fifteen, Randy Wells, didn't make the roster. So that leaves eleven more players on the roster that I need to show.
Of the eleven, five have cards showing them as a Cub:
The birdman Reed Johnson, backup outfielder
Utility players Jeff Baker
and Blake DeWitt
Lefty reliever James Russell
and backup catcher Steve Clevenger round out the five.
The six without a Cub card make up a collection of "who?" players. Most are just filling a spot at the major league minimum. It will be interesting to see how many are still on the roster at the end of the season.
I fired up my trust PhotoDeluxe software to make the cards, using Topps base as a template. Usually Ishow players in alphabetical order. Today, I'm going to show them in salary order, from lowest to highest.
Lendy Castillo, $480,000
Rafael Dalis, $480,500
Joe Mather: $490,000
Rodrigo Lopez: $????...none of my sources list a salary for Lopez.
Shawn Camp, $550,000
Chris Volstad, $2,655,000
Total for these six (I'm figuring $500,000 or Lopez) is $5,155,500. Alfonso Soriano is making more than triple that, $19,000,000.