Cubs Release Ryan Roberts, Reassign Chris Coghlan to Minor League Camp

The Cubs officially trimmed their spring roster to 30 players on Thursday after reassigning Chris Coghlan to minor league camp and releasing Ryan Roberts.

The Cubs set the position player side of the Opening Day roster when Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish were told they made the team. Chris Coghlan and Ryan Roberts were informed they were not going to start the year on the big league roster. Coghlan accepted his assignment to minor league camp and will begin the year with Triple-A Iowa. Ryan Roberts had an opt out in his contract, asked for and was granted his release. Roberts is a free agent and can sign with any team.

The Cubs have 30 players still on the spring roster. Eli Whiteside has been told he will begin the season with the Iowa Cubs but will remain with the team through Saturday.

The Cubs have not added Ryan Kalish, John Baker or Emilio Bonifacio to the 40-man roster … or placed Kyuji Fujikawa, Jake Arrieta or James McDonald on the disabled list.

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
  • Eli Whiteside, C
  • Chris Coghlan, IF/OF


  • Aaron Cunningham, OF
  • Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
  • Chang-Yong Lim, RHP
  • George Kottaras, C
  • Ryan Roberts, IF/OF

Claimed Off Waivers

  • Donnie Murphy, INF

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Roberts being released tells me, in theory, that the depth on the team this year has improved.

    • Tony_H

      Holy Cow!!! Stop the presses! Did you say something positive?

      But you are absolutely right. Roberts would have been one of the better type of guys we would have picked up the last 2 years.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I have a lot of positive stuff to say, but just because I won’t blindly believe in every move the organization makes doesn’t make me negative. I watch sports to be entertained, and after a couple dozen years of emotional investment on my part, I expect that investment to be returned on the part of the mlb club (and it has not).

        To break it down:

        Rizzo – he doesn’t have to hit .300…but if he has gold glove caliber 1B and decent power, he can man that position for the Cubs as long as DLee did, and I will be happy.

        Baez/Bryant/Olt/Lake/Almora – the future looks bright, but I felt that way about CPat, Pie, Guzman, and many other past saviors, but I am allowing myself to be cautiously optimistic here.

        Travis Wood – not sure he is a perennial all-star, but he could be our poor man’s Mark Buerhle and be a stabilizing #3-4 in our rotation for years to come.

        Castro – he is lucky to even be in this bucket, as I don’t get the hype with him, as he is basically Juan Pierre with a lower avg and more mental mistakes. But given his relative cost/age, he can also provide stability at a position of importance for a long stretch, and that would allow the FO to spend money elsewhere (like pitching).

        Castillo – hasn’t blown me away yet, but, again, at least an average C, with upside, and buys FO some time to get some C prospects lined up for the future. Michael Barrett-esque in terms of value in my eyes, and that is still a bit better than Geo Soto.

        Raking in the cash, in ST and at Wrigley, and crying poor over debt.
        No progress on Wrigley…supposedly one of the reasons we were saving our money, yet nothing has been done yet.
        EJax as only FA signing of any noteworthy value/amount.
        Blatantly put a crap team on the field to have high draft picks, yet we are supposed to believe this is a “system” that will keep producing for us indefinitely. (if we are continually good moving forward, we won’t have high draft picks anymore…duh…so this isn’t a long-term system, it is just tanking for high picks)
        Not signing more Feldman types to flip…which again proves we are tanking it on purpose. (none of the guys we are auditioning as starters would be on this team if we were actually competitive…they all make Sean Estes look like Cy Young).
        Turning on the tv to watch guys starting that might not make decent teams’ rosters (Schierholtz, Barney, Sweeney, etc…) which reminds me too much of how I hated Dusty Baker for always playing Neifi Perez.
        Shark – I have pretty much stated enough on this topic…over-rated and we need to trade him while he still has any value left.

        • Tony_H

          And you were on such a roll until you went to the neutral and negative stuff.

          Just because I or others believe in what this front office is doing, doesn’t mean we have a blind eye to every move. We just don’t blast them for making the moves we knew were coming because they told us what the plan was and we understood what that meant.

          Comparing past Top prospects of the Cubs to these top prospects is like comparing night to day.

          The fact that you put Castro and Castillo in neutral says all I need to know.

        • GaryLeeT

          That’s what I have been saying. Plenty of GMs can make no brainer top 5 draft picks, and flip players from a 90+ loss team at the deadline. I mean, right now, the best player in the Cubs’ system is a Hendry draft pick! Let’s reserve judgement on the FO until they land their first A. Sanchez, or Tanaka through FA, or make a shrewd trade for that Masterson, or Price.

          • Tony_H

            Any GM can trade a bunch of prospects for an established TOR pitcher. I love how some things are just so easy to do while anything they haven’t done is hard.

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  • GaryLeeT

    Oh no, Boardy is not going to be happy about the Coghlan demotion.

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