|Cubs option five, including Vizcaino|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, March 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm ET
Arodys Vizcaino Profile
The Chicago Cubs trimmed their MLB roster to 45, optioning RHP Arodys Vizcaino, OF Brett Jackson, OF/IF Josh Vitters, 3B Christian Villanueva and LHP Zac Rosscup to AAA Iowa. They also assigned RHP Armando Rivero, C Rafael Lopez, and OF Mitch Maier to minor league camp.
No surprises with any of these moves. You could make a case for Rosscup but with LHP Wesley Wright out of options, Rosscup was the move to make. Don't be surprised if Vizcaino, Rivero and Rosscup are all called up before the end of the season and the trio could comprise a solid part of the Cubs pen in the future.
With the Cubs signing several free agent outfielders during the off-season, it was unlikely either Jackson or Vitters would make the opening day roster. They head to Iowa for what could be their final chance with the Cubs, especially Vitters since he's out of options. Villanueva will see plenty of time at third base in Des Moines.