A day after walking the bases loaded on 15 pitches, RHP Roberto Novoa
was optioned to Iowa by the Cubs today
With today's roster move, the Cubs ST roster now stands at 35 (17 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders, and seven outfielders). 32 of the remaining players are on the 40-man roster, and three are NRI.
2007 CHICAGO CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
MINOR LEAGUE OPTION STATUS
(Spring Training 2007)
* Player can be optioned to minors out of Spring Training 2007 only after clearing Major League Waivers
ONE MINOR LEAGUE OPTION LEFT
Angel Guzman (see NOTE 1
* Roberto Novoa (has beenn optioned to AAA)
* Will Ohman (see NOTE 2
Geovany Soto (has been optioned to AAA)
* Michael Wuertz
: Because of time spent on the DL in 2004 and 2005, Guzman gets a 4th option year in 2007. A player receives a 4th option year if he has not spent five “full seasons” (a “full season” being a minimum of 60 days on a major league or a minor league active roster--NOT including time spent on the DL--from the start of a season, or a minimum of 90 days total on a minor league or major league active roster--NOT including time spent on the DL--in a given season) by the time his first three minor league options have been exhausted.
: Ohman cannot be optioned to the minors without his consent once he accrues another 132 days of MLB service time. (Players cannot be optioned to the minors without their consent once they accrue five years of MLB service time).
TWO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT
* Neal Cotts
Brian Dopirak (has been optioned to AA)
Carlos Marmol (has been optioned to AAA)
Scott Moore (has been optioned to AAA)
* Mark Prior (see NOTE 3
: Prior cannot be optioned to the minors without his consent once he accrues another 41 days of MLB service time (that's when he will have accrued five full seasons of MLB service time).
THREE MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT
Sean Marshall (has been optioned to AAA)
Clay Rapada (has been optioned to AAA)
FOUR MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT
Jeff Samardzija (has been optioned to A+)
In the case of players who have already been optioned to the minors (Soto, Marmol, Marshall, Moore, Novoa, Rapada, Dopirak, and Samardzija), their minor league option will only be exercised once the player has spent at least twenty days on optional assignment to the minors (clock starts ticking on MLB Opening Day), which would be as of April 21st (if the player is not recalled in the meantime).
Also, players on optional assignment to the minors can be moved back and forth between the majors and minors as necesary throughout the season, limited only by having to remain in the minors at least ten days after being optioned, UNLESS the optioned player is being recalled to replace a player who has been placed on the DL.