From the Wire … Cubs Trade Blanco to Texas and Parisi Outrighted to Iowa

According to a tweet from the Sun-Times, the Cubs traded Andres Blanco on Saturday for a PTBNL or cash considerations. Blanco was out of options and with Mike Fontenot beginning the season as the Cubs back-up shortstop, it did not appear he would make the team.

Updated – 3:39pm CDT – According to reports on WGN Radio and WGN TV, plus the transactions wire on, Mike Parisi was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

Andres Blanco was in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday against the Padres.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players with additional roster moves expected on Saturday.

Updated – 3:39pm CDTMike Parisi, the Cubs Rule 5 Draft pick, was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Parisi was removed from the Cubs 40-man roster.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.

With the moves of Andres Blanco and Mike Parisi, the Cubs Spring Training roster technically stands at 31 players. With the injuries to Ted Lilly and Angel Guzman, the Cubs have 29 healthy players in camp. The last four cuts are expected by mid-week.

Jim Hendry stated during an interview on ESPN 1000 (Talkin’ Baseball) that Chris Robinson will not make the team out of Spring Training. Robinson has been told he will not be on the roster. Once the move is made official, the Cubs camp roster will be reduced to 28 players.

According to a report from Bruce Miles, “because Parisi had been outrighted once before, he was able to become a minor league free agent and not go back to St. Louis.” Parisi “chose to stay in the Cubs’ organization.”

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