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

Released

  • 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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