Perez and Ojeda among Cubs Latest Round of Cuts

According to multiple reports, the Cubs cut five players from their spring roster Thursday morning. Augie Ojeda, Scott Moore, Matt Camp and Bobby Scales were assigned to minor league camp and Fernando Perez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

The latest round of cuts reduces the Cubs spring roster to 31 players.

Updated: 1:14pm CDT - According to Carrie Muskat, Darwin Barney has officially made the Cubs Opening Day roster

The Cubs have not officially announced Reed Johnson has made the team but with Camp and Perez being cut, it is all but official. Johnson will have to be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players.

Also, Thursday’s moves indicate Blake DeWitt and Darwin Barney will break camp with the big league team.

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  • Matt

    Why the he’ll would you keep Dewitt around! I knew they would but Scales a shot Dewitt has looked awful.

  • skavoovee

    The only upside is that Castillo was not cut… maybe he is being seriously considered

  • Denio

    Let DeWitt find his game in Iowa.. Give Scales a chance. He has put in his time and he definitely deserves it.

  • Ztegtmeier

    At least Welington Castillo and Max Ramirez were not cut so maybe Koyie could be on his way out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Max is going to get an MRI then start the season on the DL. Koyie is making this team weather we like it or not.

  • Cheryl

    I’d have kept Scales and Camp. DeWitt and Baker could take their places and help the team by being elsewhere.

  • Darrenmcculloch

    Trade Koyie Hill to the Padres for a dozen baseballs….its a win-win situation.

  • DD

    Dewitt over Bobby Scales? Are the cubs looking at numbers this spring training? I’m disappointed. Matt Camp has also proven himself along with several other players that had already been sent down. Thanks for the update Neil.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles:

    Blake DeWitt will get reps at 3B as Darwin Barney plays himself into more time at 2B.

    • Aaron

      Neil…..your thoughts on these moves?

    • cubs1967

      dewitt cannot turn the double play; which is why the dodgers incld him in the lilly trade; they had figured it out and he does not hit enough to justify 3b; hence the cubs should of sent him to iowa to figure out hit stroke and keep scales for speed or moore for pop; barney needs to start; he’s earned it

    • paulcatanese

      Barney looks like a winner at 2nd base and will compement Castro to his full potential. They look like a symphony out there. The short time they have been together is showing what these guys can do with a baseball and a glove. Their young kids and will bounce off each other. I look for real success there. The right centerfielder and catcher and the will have the best middle in the Central.and that would be the correct start,

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    At this point I really wish that Trader Jim had a move up his sleave that hasn’t been mentioned for a number 3 hitter. I just do not see it much with this team yet.

  • Steve G

    It’s pathetic that they would keep DeWitt over Scales and Scott Moore. Both are far superior to DeWitt. What does it take to get a chance? DeWitt does have a couple of years of experience at the major league level but he has sucked every year.

  • studio179

    You keep hearing how he is coming around and how he has worked extra on his game. We hear how he works hard behind the scenes and is a nice person. He is good in the clubhouse, players and coaches like him.

    You can insert two names as ‘he’…DeWitt and Hill. Both work hard and are nice. Working hard is part of it. Sometimes a guy might not be good enough.

    Like it or not, we get both nice, hard working guys to see this year.