Cubs Reassign Darnell McDonald to Minor League Camp, Release RHP Chang-Yong Lim

The Cubs announced the ninth round of spring roster cuts on Monday afternoon. The Cubs reassigned OF Darnell McDonald to minor league camp and released RHP Chang-Yong Lim.

Darnell McDonald hit .222/.320/.296 in 15 games this with two doubles after re-signing with the Cubs on a minor league deal during the off-season.

The Cubs released RHP Chang-Yong Lim. After spending a majority of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Lim made his big league debut in September and while the results were not good, he said he felt fine and was looking forward to 2014. Lim was non-tendered in December but was in camp on a non-roster invite due to the two-year minor league contract he signed with the Cubs in 2012. Lim pitched in four Cactus League games this spring and allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings (4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).

With the latest round of cuts, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 34 players.

A day after asking for and being granted his release from the organization, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada re-signed with the Cubs on Monday. Wada inked a minor league contract and will start Tuesday afternoon’s game against the Angels. Wada appeared in three Cactus League games with one start and allowed seven runs on 10 hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings (11.12 ERA, 2.65 WHIP).

Spring Roster Moves

Optioned to the Minors

  • Arismendy Alcantara, IF (Triple-A)
  • Logan Watkins, IF (Triple-A)
  • Matt Szczur, OF (Triple-A)
  • Dallas Beeler, RHP (Triple-A)
  • Jorge Soler, OF (Double-A)
  • Arodys Vizcaino, RHP (Triple-A)
  • Brett Jackson, OF (Triple-A)
  • Josh Vitters, OF/IF (Triple-A)
  • Zac Rosscup, LHP (Triple-A)
  • Christian Villanueva, 3B (Triple-A)
  • Blake Parker, RHP (Triple-A)
  • Neil Ramirez, RHP (Triple-A)

Reassigned to Minor League Camp

  • Kris Bryant, 3B
  • Albert Almora, OF
  • Carlos Pimentel, RHP
  • Jeudy Valdez, IF
  • Marcus Hatley, RHP
  • Eric Jokisch, LHP
  • Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  • Rafael Lopez, C
  • Armando Rivero, RHP
  • Mitch Maier, OF
  • Tommy Hottovy, LHP
  • Javier Baez, IF
  • Brian Schlitter, RHP
  • Jonathan Sanchez, LHP
  • Chang-Yong Lim, RHP
  • Chris Valaika, IF
  • Casper Wells, OF
  • Darnell McDonald, OF


  • Aaron Cunningham, OF
  • Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
  • Chang-Yong Lim, RHP 

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  • Tony_H

    I’m counting 34 left in camp. Who am I missing to remove?

    18 Batters
    OF (6) Kalish, Lake, Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Sweeney, Coghlan
    INF (8) Rizzo, Barney, Castro, Olt, Bonifacio, Valbuena, Murphy, Roberts
    C (4) Castillo, Kottaras, Baker, Whiteside

    16 Pitchers
    SP (8) Samardzija, Wood, Jackson, Hammel, Rusin, Arrieta, McDonald, Villanueva
    RP (8) Veras, Strop, Russell, Wright, Grimm, Cabrera, Rondon, Fujikawa

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I would get rid of: Ruggiano, Sweeney, Schierholtz, Coghlan, Barney, Bonifacio, Murphy, Kottaras, Baker, Whiteside, McDonald, Rondon, Fujikawa, and Cabrera.

      And keep either Valbuena or Roberts as backup IF.

      Then fill with mlb top quality starting pitchers and position players.

      If there is no need to be competitive, then just throw a couple darts at my list above until you get down to the required roster maximum.

      • Tony_H

        Some of those will be cut and others will be gone soon enough.

    • Neil

      Thanks for catching my mistake, corrected.

    • VBCubs

      SP- Samardzija, Wood, Jackson, Hammel, Rusin
      RP- Veras, Strop, Russell, Cabrera, Wright, Rondon, Villanueva

      C- Castillo
      1B- Rizzo
      2B- Bonifacio
      SS- Castro
      3B- Olt
      LF- Kalish
      CF- Lake
      RF- Schierholtz

      Barney(Murphy if traded)

      Arrieta to 15 day and Fujikawa to 60 day

      • VBCubs

        Also Roberts makes the roster if Schierholtz and Barney get traded. Obviously Murphy makes it if Nate is traded instead of Barney as well.

      • Tony_H

        I have posted the same 25 man roster prediction, except for Grimm over Rondon.

        • VBCubs

          Yours wasn’t posted in here so I didn’t see that.

          • Tony_H

            No problem at all, I have probably posted it every few days and what I think they will do changes every few days. I like when people post their roster thoughts.

            Hearing now that they may send Olt down to make sure his arm gets right and that would mean Murphy or Roberts gets the last spot.

            And if Villanueva gets the 5th spot and Rusin goes to Iowa to still start, then both Rondon and Grimm will make it.

          • VBCubs

            Haha alright well cool, I just woke up and kinda read it in a negative manner, whoops. But yes that’s what I was kinda thinking as well. Honestly, I’d rather go with Roberts than Murphy if we have to choose. Also, hoping Rusin gets the 5 spot because Grimm has been bad this spring.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    wait…Wada what?

    he asked for and was granted his release and then resigned a day later with same team?

    For such a non-factor of a player, I feel like a bunch of unproductive work is going on in the back office on this guy.

    Let’s just focus on quality a bit…

    • Tony_H

      It was a procedural thing, to change the terms.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I know. It just reminds me too much of corporate world…excess time spent on small things of basically no consequence, while much more important things have yet to be fixed.

        • Tony_H

          I’m sure the contract department took a whole 5 minutes to do this while doing many other mundane tasks that are required to send players down to the minors.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I hope so.

            In other news, the Rangers thought so little of Darwin Barney that they signed the SS who played on the team that beat the Cubs in the playoffs 11 years ago.

            I didn’t even realize Alex Gonzalez was still in mlb.

          • Tony_H

            No, the Tigers didn’t want to pay the Cubs price for a 28 year old Gold Glove middle infielder with little offense and instead paid a utility infielder for a 37 year old SS with little offense.

            By mid-season, the Tigers will be back in the market for a SS.

          • Theboardrider

            Players get cut then resign on minor league deals all the time. It means they think he’s worth keepin around if they can get him for cheap. Every team does this, especially those rebuilding.

          • BillyFinT

            Good job. You just popped one Dilbert moment.

    • Neil

      From the Sun-Times: Wada, released Sunday, was re-signed to a minor-league deal w/ the club – which avoided paying a $100k retention bonus in the process.

  • JohnnyVee

    Here’s the 25

    Rondon,Cabrera, Strop, Russell,Veras, Wright & Villianueva (swing man)

    Rizzoa,Barney, Bonny, Castro,Murphy, Valbuna,Olt

    Ruggiano,Sweeney,Lake, Schweirholz, Lalish

    Castillo, Kottras

    Rusin will be last cut and first call up

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