01/20/09 4:31 PM EST
Stanton among non-roster invitees
Taguchi, Fox, Johnson included in 21 asked to Spring Training
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13, with position players due by Feb. 16. The first full-squad workout will be Feb. 17 at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz.
Besides Stanton and Fox, the pitchers invited include left-handers Ed Campusano, J.R. Mathes, Matt Smith, Jason Waddell and Bill White and right-handers Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Ken Kadokura and Rocky Roquet.
The list also includes catchers Welington Castillo, and Steve Clevenger; infielders Darwin Barney, Andres Blanco, Luis Rivas and Bobby Scales; and outfielders Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois.
Stanton, 41, has not pitched since 2007, when he made 69 relief appearances for the Reds. His 1,178 career appearances rank second all-time among southpaw pitchers, behind Jesse Orosco's 1,252.
Taguchi, 39, has batted .279, playing for St. Louis and last season for the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies. A right-handed hitter, he batted .220 in 88 games for the Phillies in 2008. With St. Louis in '07, he led the Majors with a .406 batting average as a pinch-hitter.
Johnson, 33, a catcher, returns to the organization after playing for Triple-A Iowa in 2005. The left-handed hitter spent last season with the Cardinals and hit .264 with Triple-A Memphis before playing 10 September games with St. Louis. He has played in 332 Major League games with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland, Milwaukee and St. Louis.
The Cubs are looking for a backup catcher to Geovany Soto and will also have Koyie Hill in camp.
Fox, 38, has been slowed because of elbow problems and last season saw his first Major League action since 2005, when he appeared in three games for the Cubs.
Cashner, 22, was the Cubs' first-round Draft pick in 2008 and went 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in eight games at three levels last season. Barney, 23, begins his third pro season after hitting .262 with 22 doubles and 51 RBIs in 123 games for Class A Daytona in 2008.
Campusano, 26, missed the entire 2007 season following surgery on his left elbow and was a combined 5-3 with one save and a 4.98 ERA between Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last year.
Dubois, 29, batted .307 with 25 homers and 56 RBIs in 76 games with the Iowa Cubs last season after re-joining the organization by signing as a Minor League free agent May 18.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.