Baez, Soler and Vitters Among Fourth Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts on Sunday. The Cubs sent seven players to minor league camp, and reduced their spring roster to 46 players.

The Cubs optioned Jorge Soler to High-A Daytona, where he is expected to begin the season. Josh Vitters and Junior Lake were optioned to Triple-A Iowa while Christian Villanueva was optioned to Double-A Tennessee. All players on the 40-man roster must be optioned to the minors.

The Cubs also re-assigned Javier Baez, Barret Loux and Rafael Lopez to minor league camp. The roster move with Loux was announced last week.

According to multiple reports, Javier Baez will begin the season with the Daytona Cubs.

Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are expected to be in Monday’s starting lineup when the Cubs travel to Peoria to take on the Padres. After the game, both players will be sent down to minor league camp. As reported, just because players have been sent down to minor league camp, it does not mean those players will not participate in Cactus League games again this spring. Due to the loose nature of Spring Training, players can be assigned to a big league team’s roster for a day in order to field a team, especially on travel days.

Dale Sveum has said that the Cubs will start playing Spring Training games this week like regular season games. The regulars will play seven, eight, nine innings while the relievers will be used in roles the team projects them to start the season in. Pinch-hitters will be used and players will be asked to treat the games like they would regular season games.

With the latest round of roster cuts, the Cubs have 46 players remaining in camp.

Spring Roster Cuts
  • Matt Szczur – optioned to Double-A Tennessee
  • Michael Brenly – re-assigned to minor league camp
  • Dayan Diaz – re-assigned to minor league camp
  • Logan Watkins – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Trey McNutt – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Brooks Raley – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Alberto Cabrera – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Robert Whitenack – optioned to Double-A Tennessee
  • Nick Struck – re-assigned to minor league camp
  • Barret Loux – re-assigned to minor league camp
  • Jorge Soler – optioned to High-A Daytona
  • Josh Vitters – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Junior Lake – optioned to Triple-A Iowa
  • Christian Villanueva – optioned to Double-A Tennessee
  • Javier Baez – re-assigned to minor league camp
  • Rafael Lopez – re-assigned to minor league camp

The Cubs could announce additional spring roster cuts on Monday.

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