Michael Bowden had hopes of being a starter in Boston, but he never really got much of a chance to prove himself at the major-league level.
He's hoping that 2013 in Chicago will be different.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Bowden is "stretching himself out" in the Dominican Republic winter league to try to win a job in the Cubs' starting rotation.
Bowden, 24, had a 2.95 ERA and a .225 opponents' batting average in 39 23 innings for Chicago last year. He could be the Cubs' long man next spring, but it appears he's hoping for his shot at starting.
The Tribune's Phil Rogers says that Bowden is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA over four starts in the Dominican, where he shares a clubhouse with former MLB studs Miguel Tejada and Manny Ramirez.