Cubs Make First Round of Spring Roster Cuts

According to multiple reports, the Cubs made the first round of roster cuts Friday morning. The Cubs assigned right-handed pitchers Marco Carrillo and Trey McNutt to minor league camp along with infielder Jonathan Mota and outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha.

The Cubs’ spring roster now stands at 59 players. Marco Carrillo, Trey McNutt, Jonathan Mota and Jae-Hoon Ha were non-roster invitees to big league camp.

The assignment of Carrillo, McNutt, Mota and Ha come as no surprise. Carrillo and McNutt will be stretched out as starters and need to build innings at Fitch Park.

The Cubs have 20 non-roster players still in camp plus the 39 players currently on the Cubs 40-man roster.

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  • Redlarczykg

    I was hoping to see McNutt get more Spring Training experience.
    But I guess management thinks they have too many starters competing.

    • BosephHeyden

      They kind of do.  Dempster and Garza are the only locks, so you have Randy Wells, Travis Wood, Paul Maholm, Chris Volstad, Rodrigo Lopez, and Jeff Samardzija all competing for three spots.  Now, granted, some of those options are likely destined for the bullpen (Lopez), and there’s a pretty good chance at least one of the options gets traded (probably Wells).  But these guys all have some majors experience, which McNutt doesn’t have.  Pulling him now exposes him less to major league hitters.