#Cubs trim 11 from spring camp

The Cubs assigned 11 players to Minor League camp, reducing their spring roster from 56 to 45 players.

Right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Pierce Johnson; left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser; infielder Arismendy Alcantara; and catcher Willson Contreras were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  Infielder Jeimer Candelario has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Five non-roster invitees have been assigned to Minor League camp: Right-handed pitchers Stephen Fife, Felix Pena and Drew Rucinski; left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos; and catcher Taylor Davis.



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I thought Alcantara might have a chance at catching on with the last bench spot. With him down at AAA now that leaves Matt Szczur as the only player on the 40-man who isn’t either all but guaranteed a spot on the 25-man or already optioned to the minors. So either Matt Szczur makes the team (which is hard to say considering that he hasn’t had a single at bat this spring so far), or one of the non-roster invitees gets a spot. Shane Victorino has the most experience of that bunch, but he’s been sidelined with an injury for awhile now. Jon Andreoli is putting up some good numbers this spring, and has been someone I’ve kept my eye on as he’s risen through the Cubs system, but he’s also struck out 16 times in 31 at bats. Munenori Kawasaki is a good clubhouse presence, a fan favorite (at least he was up in Toronto), and is playing pretty well so far this spring. He could fill the same roll on the roster that Jonathan Herrera filled last season. Anyone else would have to be considered a long shot at this point, but we’ll see with 2 weeks to go until Opening Night!

Szczur may be just let go, someone will certainly take him.
With the injury to La Stella and the fact he has options get him a position at IA?
Ramirez, will he start the season on the DL?
Andreoli has certainly opened some eyes.
I too thought Alcantara had a shot.
Will keeping Kawasaki be the right move? He might be very good in Wrigleyville.
As long as Victorino has been around, I think all he needs is the last week. You would have to love having his SH bat off the bench, as well as a LF defensive replacement late in close games.
Maddon has some very rough decisions to make from here out.

I inferred from Rick Sutcliffe`s comments on the recent ESPN broadcast of a Cubs` game that Kristopher Negron has a shot at making the cut.

I don’t see Negron coming close to making the 25 man Roster, that would be a total shocker. Kawasaki has a much better chance in my opinion, but I am just a fan, not privy to behind the scenes goings on.

What`s prohibiting both from making the team, jasper? You appear to be assuming Negron is exclusively a shortstop. He`s not. He can play multiple positions, including short, of course. Negron could be a `modern day` Ben Zobrist on a team which includes the original Ben Zobrist. (smiling) And don`t forget something Theo Epstein famously was quoted as saying a few years back, “An organization can never have too many shortstops.”

You make a good point jhosk, I do understand Negron can play all over the field. I base my guess on numbers:
C- Ross, Montero
INF- Rizzo, Zobrist, Russell, Bryant, Baez
OF- Fowler, Schwarber, Soler, Heyward,
SP- Arietta, Lester, Lackey, Hammel, Hendricks
SP/RP- Cahill, Warren, Richard, Wood
RP- Ramirez, Grimm, Strope, Rondon
If those guys are all healthy and ready to start the season, that only leaves one spot.
Of course there could be a trade, injury or?

I see your point, jasper. The math may not work, and you do not account for LaStella. But 13 pitchers seems excessive.

I may be wrong jhosk, but didn’t they start with 13 Pitchers last year? And three Catchers until Castillo was traded.
LaStella, Kawasaki, Szczur (out of options ), Negron, Murton, Victorino, Villanueva on the DL, but out of options when he returns, That is some pretty good talent, minus Villanueva to choose one or two from.
Great problem to have of course.

I surely recall the three catchers, jasper, and I felt it was awkward, and yes, the talent level may well be `an embarrassment of riches,` but LaStella has to be part of the 25 man. Both the FO and manager like his game. We recall when Tommy was first acquired, and Jed Hoyer revealed how LaStella had been on the Cubs` radar for a long while before the opportunity to strike presented itself.

He has been hurt most of ST jhosk. The only reason I think he may not make it, is for that reason, plus missing most of last year. I am not sure, but I think he has a couple options left.
Sending him down to get some healthy At Bats may not be a bad idea.
Like Management, I think LaStella is an awesome ballplayer. He just has not been healthy as a Cub.

Jasper jiggs?!?!?!

Hey Dengsta, guess that’s why I am not in Management, huh? lol

Is this the same Jasper Jiggs from the old ESPN boards? Do you post anywhere now?

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