Cubs Players Who Should Be Demoted to the Minors
To many rival fans, the Cubs organization is jokingly referred to as a "minor league team" because of their often lack of success and sub-par players. However, the Cubs organization is rich with young, talented players itching to become the stars of tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the Cubs also have multiple players in need of some fine-tuning and time in the minor leagues to improve their game.
Here are some Cubs players who should be demoted to the minors.
Scott Hairston, OF
There's something about Chicago baseball and the Hairston family. It all started with Sam Hairston, who played four games with the Chicago White Sox. Sam's son Jerry Hairston, Sr. played 808 games with the White Sox over 14 years, and Jerry's children Scott and Jerry, Jr. have both played for the Chicago Cubs. Jerry, who went to high school in Naperville, Illinois, played 152 games with the Cubs.
Unfortunately for Scott, his time with the big league club appears to be winding down as well. Hairston has hit a disappointing .132 in 23 games with the Cubs.
Three of Hairston's five hits have been home runs, but his time with the team will soon end, and outfielder Brian Bogusevic appears to be the favorite to replace him.
Edwin Jackson, SP
Edwin Jackson remains the only Cubs starting pitcher who has yet to win a game. Although it is unfair to judge a Cubs pitcher on his record because of the team's lack of run support and bullpen, Jackson has struggled so far this season.
He has an 0-5 record with a 6.39 ERA in 38.0 innings pitched. No other Cubs starting pitcher has an ERA over 3.10, and his .284 opponent batting average is over 70 points higher than any other starting pitcher.
Jackson will more than likely lose his spot to Matt Garza upon Garza's return to the majors, whenever that may be.
Dioner Navarro, C
Although Dioner Navarro has been a good bench asset for the Cubs going 5-for-9 while hitting only 2-for-26 as a starter, Cubs catcher J.C. Boscan has been playing very well in Triple-A Iowa. Boscan has hit an impressive .375 in Triple-A, and although Boscan would more than likely be a backup to starter Welington Castillo, Boscan has certainly earned his spot in the majors.
Regardless of whether the Cubs stick with Navarro or promote Boscan, either are almost guaranteed to backup Castillo on a regular basis.
Carlos Marmol, P
Just hearing the name "Carlos Marmol" is enough to scare the devil out of any Cubs fan. Marmol has been catastrophically pitiful in 2013, posting a 5.14 ERA in 14 innings.
General manager Jed Hoyer recently defended Marmol, saying that he has lost control of his once-impressive slider because "he's been ridden hard by a number of managers here."
Excuses, excuses. Marmol needs to disappear from the bullpen, and fast. Perhaps some time in Triple-A Iowa would do him some good. This would give him the opportunity to regain his control and confidence while taking the pressure off of him in each appearance.