Cubs Outright Six Players Off 40-Man Roster

The Cubs made six rosters moves on Wednesday morning and reduced the 40-man roster to 37 players.

The Cubs activated RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Zach Putnam and OF Thomas Neal from the 60-day DL, all three players cleared waivers and were outrighted off the 40-man roster. The Cubs also waived OF Darnell McDonald, catcher J.C. Boscan and RHP Trey McNutt. McDonald, Boscan and McNutt cleared waivers and were outrighted off the 40-man roster.

With the roster moves on Wednesday, the Cubs opened three spots on the 40-man roster. Trey McNutt and Rafael Dolis will likely remain with the organization and assigned to Triple-A Iowa. RHP Zach Putnam and OF Thomas Neal have been outrighted previously during their career and can elect free agency.

Darnell McDonald and J.C. Boscan signed minor league deals with the Cubs last off-season that included non-roster invites to big league camp. Both players will elect for free agency and will be free to sign with another organization this winter.

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  • J Daniel

    Just the beginning of some shuffling. 3 open spots is a start.

  • J Daniel

    Just saw that Henry Blanco was available … any takers?

    • Neil

      Coaching staff?

      • J Daniel

        I know he is about 100 years old but was thinking as a backup catcher … cheap … does not fit the mold of a deadline trade commodity though.

        • Ripsnorter1

          He hit .125 last year….done.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Minor league contract as AAA catcher? We will have some young pitchers there next year.

    • BosephHeyden

      You could do a whole lot worse. He did well enough for a backup catcher for both a good Cubs team and two really bad Cubs teams. Zambrano seemed to respond well enough to him. And he seems like one of those guys who could actually mentor (and would be fine doing so).

    • 07GreyDigger

      Can’t he not hit anymore?

      • jtrain23

        Ahh…..good old Hank White. When was it that he could hit?

        He would be a viable back up catcher, especially for a contender. He’s good defensively and seems to be a high work ethic/character guy.

        I don’t see him being much help for the Cubs, however. If they could not find the right taker/price for Navarro, they would get nothing in return for Blanco at midseason.

  • paulcatanese

    The suspense of all of these moves are incredible:)

    • J Daniel

      Thanks for the humor when it is really needed.

      • Dorasaga

        It’s the wisdom of a different age. :-p

        And McNutt, man, I don’t want to bring up the mediocracy that GM Hendry built on, but hey, at least this shall close his book. Let’s turn to a new page.

  • ZTH

    Remember when the Cubs traded Archer in the Garza deal because the FO thought McNutt was the more promising of the 2 pitchers? I know that’s all water under the bridge – I just mention it to show what a crapshoot prospect evaluation can be. Except somehow for St Louis. Those jerks.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Uncle Louis? Who do you mean?
      Sorry bad joke pun intended.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I wept when they gave up Archer.

  • Eugene Debs

    No surprises, right? I would hope that we could upgrade on every single one of those players and not have to spend much. I know a few of these guys will hang around a bit, but let’s hope for upgrades instead.

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