Cubs opening day roster set
Relief pitcher Neil Ramirez, infielder Tommy La Stella and outfielder Matt Szczur will all be on the opening day roster. Ramirez and Szczur are out of options and Le Stella got the nod with Javier Baez getting placed on the 15-day DL with a jammed thumb.
Also named to the opening day roster are starters Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks along with relievers Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Clayton Richard, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill and Adam Warren for a total of 13 pitchers.
Miguel Montero, David Ross and Kyle Schwarber will share catching duties while Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant round out the infield. Outfielders include Jorge Soler, Jason Heyward and Dexter Fowler.
Cubs release three, then re-sign them
Chicago released IF Munenori Kawasaki, OF Shane Victorino and LHP Manny Parra on Tuesday and then turned around and singed all three to minor league deals. All three signed during the off-season with an invite to spring training. Victorino has been dealing with a calf injury and is expected to stay at extended spring training to rehab and join the Cubs later. Kawasaki made a strong bid to join the team as a back-up infielder but La Stella is getting the nod. Parra, 33, appeared in six games this spring and the former starter for the Brewers fanned eight in 5.2 innings.
Patton to Iowa
Spencer Patton, acquired from the Rangers during the in-season for infield prospect Frandy Delarosa, was the Cubs most effective arms out of the bullpen this spring. He fanned 12 in eight shutout innings and only allowed two hits and one walk in nine appearances. The 28-year-old Illinois native will start the year in Iowa but may be the first call-up to the pen.
Jacob Rogers released
One of my favorite minor leaguers and a former 40th round pick in 2012, Jacob Rogers, announced on twitter on Tuesday he was no longer with the Cubs, and I’m assuming he’s been released. The starting first baseman for both the Kane County and Myrtle Beach title teams, Rogers was a plus defender at first, and provided power with good plate discipline. In four seasons with Cubs, the 26-year-old had a career slash of .270/.376/.426.