Cubs release RHP Justin Grimm … Option RHP Dillon Maples and OF Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs announced another round of Spring Roster cuts prior to Friday’s 6-3 victory over the White Sox.
The Cubs officially announced the team released RHP Justin Grimm. In a move that was expected, Grimm struggled this spring and the front office’s decision creates competition for the last spot in Joe Maddon’s bullpen.
Grimm will always be remembered by Cubs fans. Grimm had a good run with the organization after being acquired from the Rangers, along with Carl Edwards Jr., Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt in the Matt Garza deal. Grimm was on the Cubs’ team that won it all in 2016. Grimm struggled last year and did not show much improvement with throwing quality strikes this spring.
The Cubs created a spot on the 40-man roster, which now stands at 39 players, by releasing Justin Grimm. And the front office saved $1.6 million on Grimm’s $2.2 million salary for the 2018 season.
The Cubs optioned RHP Dillon Maples and OF Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa. With the moves, the Cubs’ Spring Training Roster stands at 37 players.
The Cubs’ Spring Training Roster of 37 players consists of 18 pitchers (three non-roster invitees), five catchers (three non-roster invitees) and four outfielders (one non-roster invitee).