Cubs selected contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki, added to 40-Man Roster and optioned to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs announced Sunday following the Spring Training game with the Angels, the team selected the contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki, added him to the 40-man roster and optioned him to Iowa.
With Sunday’s roster move, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Munenori Kawasaki had a very good spring with the Cubs and became a clubhouse favorite. Joe Maddon wanted Kawasaki to start the season with the team but there was not enough room on the roster for him.
Kawasaki batted .367/.446/.551 in 24 games with six doubles, a home run and seven walks for a .997 OPS.
Kawasaki was released on March 29 and re-signed later in the day with the Cubs on restructured minor league deal. The move kept the Cubs from paying a $100,000 retention bonus.
Kawasaki, 34, played the last three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Kawasaki batted .242/.326/.301 in 201 games with the Jays that included 15 doubles, six triples and one home run for a .627 OPS.
Over four seasons in the big leagues with the Mariners and Blue Jays, Kawasaki has a .234/.314/.284 line with 16 doubles, six triples and a home run for a .599 OPS.