The Cubs were busy Tuesday, as they traded RHP Todd Wellemeyer to Florida
for two minor leaguers, placed RHPs Mark Prior and Kerry Wood on the 15-day DL
retroactive to March 27th, optioned RHPs David Aardsma, Angel Guzman, and Jae-Kuk Ryu to AAA Iowa, and returned C Casey Kopitzke to the minor league camp at Fitch Park. Also, veteran OF Marquis Grissom retired
So the Cubs roster currently stands at 30, but it really is more like 29, because once RHP Wade Miller is added to the 40-man roster (and he must be added to the 40-man roster sometime before Opening Day), he will certainly be placed on the 15-day DL. Miller will no doubt take the 40-man roster slot formerly occupied by the departed Todd Wellemeyer.
The Cubs will need to make five more cuts before Opening Day (four cuts if you don't include Wade Miller, since he will certainly be placed on the DL). If non-roster OF Michael Restovich is added to the 25-man Opening Day roster, another player will need to be dropped from the 40-man roster, either by moving Wood, Prior, or Miller to the 60-day DL, or by outrighting, releasing, or trading a player.
UPDATE #1 3/29 AM
: ATTENTION! ... ATTENTION, PLEASE!... The Cubs sent OF Michael Restovich to their minor league camp
at Fitch Park Wednesday morning, so the Cubs Spring Training roster now stands at 29 (includes one non-roster player--Wade Miller--who will be added to the 40-man roster prior to Opening Day and then will be immediately placed on the DL).
UPDATE #2: 3/29 PM
: OK. Here's another one. The Cubs optioned LHP Rich Hill to Iowa today, so their Spring Training roster now stands at 28 (including Wade Miller). Besides adding Wade Miller to the 40-man roster sometime prior to Opening Day and then immediately placing him on the DL, the Cubs will need to cut just two more players, and at least one (possibly both) will be a pitcher.
CHICAGO CUBS ROSTER
(as of March 29, 2006)
28 players (includes one non-roster, does not include two on DL)
* denotes has been placed on DL
(14 + 2 on DL) :
(non-roster) - must be added to 40-man roster prior to Opening Day
* Mark Prior
* Kerry Wood
Jerry Hairston, Jr
OPTIONED TO AAA IOWA
OPTIONED TO AA WEST TENN