From the Wire … Cubs Outright Four Players Off 40-man Roster

According to multiple reports, the Cubs made four 40-man roster moves on Thursday. The Cubs outrighted RHP Marcos Mateo, RHP Miguel Socolovich, RHP Jason Berken and infielder Adrian Cardenas off of the 40-man roster and assigned them to Triple-A Iowa. The moves free up four spaces on the Cubs’ 40-man roster which currently stands at 37 players.

Anthony Recker was claimed off waivers by the Mets a day after being designated for assignment by the Cubs to make room on the 40-man roster for RHP Carlos Gutierrez.

More roster moves are on the horizon for the Cubs. Ian Stewart, Matt Garza, Arodys Vizcaino and Blake Parker are still on the 60-day DL and the Cubs have only three open spots. Shawn Camp, who the Cubs are interested in bringing back, will become a free agent after the World Series and open a spot on the roster.

Marcos Mateo spent the entire season on the DL first with a sore right elbow then was transferred to the 60-day DL with ulnar neuritis. Mateo did not count against the 40-man roster for a majority of the season. The Cubs claimed Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Orioles on August 23 and finished the year in the Cubs pen while dealing with arm soreness. Jason Berken was also claimed off waivers from the Orioles (September 7) and finished the year in the rotation. Adrian Cardenas hit the cover off the ball but struggled at the big league level in limited playing time.

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  • Steven Petty

    Any luck on signing Cano in 2014? Possibly move Castro to 3, Barney to SS and Cano to 2B?

    • Tony_Hall

      No

  • Ripsnorter1

    According to ESPN, Theo is going to go after a CF this year, or at least another RF. DeJesus will play the position that the FA OF does not play.

    This means that the Cubs have given up on the idea that Brett Jackson will be ready for the 2013 campaign, at least initially.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/13998/epstein-outlines-cubs-offseason-plan

    It also means that Tony Campana is not considered as a serious option.

    • Tony_Hall

      Theo has already stated that Vitters and BJAX will be in Iowa to start the year. If BJAX comes back up, DeJesus will become the 4th OF or it will happen because they traded him. Campana is not a serious consideration, until he shows that he can steal 1st. If he can increase his OBP, we all know how disruptive he is on the bases.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
    • JimBo_C

      Would like to see Torii Hunter in Cubbie Blue on a two-year deal.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I don’t think he’s cheap enough for Team Theo.

        We shall see as the offseason progresses, but it doesn’t look to me like they’ll be spending much money in the FA market.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Before Hunter signed with the Angels, he said he could not envision signing with the Cubs because of the outfield brick walls. That might have changed, but I remember him being pretty emphatic about it at the time.

  • ChadAudio

    I would be a little bummed to see Cardenas go… just don’t feel like he ever got a fair shot. It wouldn’t be a big deal, just a bummer.

  • Joker

    LaHair. As much opposite field power as anyone in the game. Lol