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Cubs reduce Spring Training roster to 56 players

The Cubs have assigned seven players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 63 to 56 players.

Right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo, left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch and infielder Dan Vogelbach have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Four non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Jonathan Pettibone, Duane Underwood Jr. and Armando Rivero; and left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich.

Chicago’s spring roster of 56 players consists of 29 pitchers (nine non-roster invitees and one DL), six catchers (two non-roster invitees), 12 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and nine outfielders (five non-roster invitees).

Cubs claim LHP Olmos off waivers from Baltimore

Olmos (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)

The Chicago Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and released infielder Brendan Ryan from the roster. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina has been claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The club’s 40-man roster remains at 40 players.

Olmos, 25, was claimed off waivers by Chicago from Seattle on Dec. 4 before he was claimed off waivers by Baltimore on Dec. 10.

Olmos went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14.0 IP) in six appearances with the Mariners last season, including two starts. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma where he went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) in 20 games (two starts). The southpaw has a career 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA (11 ER/19.0 IP) in 11 major league contests, as he made five appearances with the Marlins in 2013, his only other major league stint.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Olmos was originally selected by the Marlins in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. He is 16-38 with a 4.44 ERA in 199 career minor league games (73 starts) over eight professional seasons.

Ryan, 33, was acquired from the Yankees on Dec. 17 to complete the trade in which the Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named for infielder Starlin Castro.

Medina, 27, was designated for assignment on Dec. 17. He went 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA (11 ER/21.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances between Seattle and the Cubs last season.

Cubs acquire RHP Adam Warren and PTBNL from Yankees for Starlin Castro

Warren(Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty)

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named from the New York Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro.

Warren, 28, went 7-7 with three holds, one save, a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.29 ERA (48 ER/131.1 IP) in 43 appearances with the Yankees last season, splitting time between the bullpen (1-1, 2.29 ERA in 26 appearances) and the starting rotation (6-6, 3.66 ERA in 17 starts). Combined between the roles, Warren limited opponents to a .236 batting average, a .301 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage, good for only a .648 opponents’ OPS. He walked only 39 batters in 131.1 innings pitched, for an average of 2.7 walks per nine innings.

The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Warren has spent all or part of the last four seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees (2012-15), going 13-15 with 27 holds, five saves and a 3.39 ERA in 147 games, 127 in relief and 20 as a starting pitcher. He has pitched the last two years exclusively at the major league level, going 10-13 with 23 holds, four saves, a 1.14 WHIP and a 3.17 ERA in 112 appearances, 17 as a starting pitcher. Warren has a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and a 2.76 ERA in 95 relief outings since the start of the 2014 campaign.

In his first full big league season in 2014, Warren went 3-6 with 23 holds, three saves, a 1.11 WHIP and a 2.97 ERA in 69 relief outings. He allowed only four home runs and issued 26 walks in 78.2 innings, an average of 0.46 homers and 2.75 walks per nine innings. Warren ranked seventh in the league in holds, while his .219 batting average against was sixth lowest of any reliever in the majors with at least 75.0 innings pitched.

Warren was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of the University of North Carolina.

Castro, 25, departs the Cubs a three-time All-Star and a career .281 hitter (991-for-3,524) with a .321 on-base percentage, .404 slugging percentage and a .765 OPS in 891 major league games covering the last six big league seasons. He made his memorable debut as a 20-year-old shortstop on May 7, 2010.

Castro batted .265 with a .296 on-base percentage, a .375 slugging percentage and a .671 OPS in 151 games with the Cubs last season.

Cubs and IF Ben Zobrist agree on a four-year contract

Zobrist(Photo by Else/Getty)

The Chicago Cubs and infielder Ben Zobrist have agreed to terms on a four-year contract through the 2019 campaign.

Zobrist, 34, has earned a pair of American League All-Star honors during his career spanning all or parts of 10 seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-14), Oakland (2015) and Kansas City (2015). This move reunites him with his former Tampa skipper Joe Maddon.

He is a career .265 hitter with a .355 on-base percentage and .431 slugging percentage, good for a .786 OPS. Zobrist has averaged 36 doubles, five triples, 17 homers, 77 RBI, 82 walks and 87 runs per 162 games of his major league career. Since the start of his first full big league season in 2009, he ranks fourth in the majors with 566 walks and is fifth with 247 doubles.

The switch-hitting Zobrist has surpassed 75 runs scored in each of the last seven seasons starting in 2009, reached double digits in home runs in each of the last eight years, and surpassed 30 doubles and a .350 on-base percentage in each of the last five campaigns starting in 2011.  Overall, he has 265 doubles, 35 triples, 127 home runs, 567 RBI, 641 runs scored and 105 stolen bases in 1,190 career big league games. He has batted .290 (390-for-1,344) with 33 homers and an .823 OPS vs. left-handers and .254 (755-for-2,973) with 94 homers and a .769 OPS vs. right-handers.

The versatile Zobrist has seen time at every position on the field except for pitcher and catcher, with significant playing time at second base (616 games), right field (336 games), shortstop (229 games) and left field (111 games) in addition to 34 games in center field, 17 games at first base and eight games at third base. Last year, he played more games at second base than any other position.

Zobrist batted .276 with 36 doubles, 13 homers, 56 RBI and 76 runs scored in 126 games in 2015 between Oakland and the World Champion Royals. He had more walks (62) than strikeouts (56) while turning in a .359 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage, good for an .809 OPS, surpassing the .800 mark for the fifth season in his career. He helped the Royals to their first World Championship in 30 years by hitting .303 (20-for-66) with a .365 on-base percentage, .515 slugging and .880 OPS. It was Zobrist’s fifth postseason appearance in the last eight seasons.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Zobrist broke into the majors in 2006 and enjoyed his first full big league campaign in 2009 when he was named to the All-Star team en route to setting career highs with a .297 batting average, 27 homers and 91 RBI in 152 games. In 2011, he set a career high with 46 doubles and led all AL players with an 8.7 WAR. Two years later in 2013, Zobrist earned his second All-Star honor, matching his career-best from 2012 with 157 games and leading all AL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage.

Zobrist is a native of Eureka, Illinois, located approximately 140 miles southwest of Chicago. He originally attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, and was selected by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2004 draft out of Dallas Baptist University.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Cubs and RHP John Lackey agree on two-year deal

JohnLackey(Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher John Lackey have agreed to terms on a two-year contract through the 2017 season.

Lackey, 37, went 13-10 with a career-best 2.77 ERA (67 ER/218.0 IP) in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals last year, his 13th major league campaign. He finished ninth in Cy Young Award voting after matching his career high in starts, and his 218.0 innings pitched were second-most in his career (highest since his career-best 224.0 innings in 2007). Lackey ranked seventh in the National League in ERA, as he now joins a starting rotation for next season featuring three of the top 15 ERAs in the NL from 2015 (Jake Arrieta, second at 1.77; Jon Lester, 15th at 3.34).

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Lackey is 165-127 with 18 complete games, eight shutouts and a 3.92 ERA in 388 major league games, all but one as a starter, with the Angels (2002-09), Red Sox (2010-11 and 13-14) and Cardinals (2014-15). His 2,481.1 innings pitched since the start of the 2002 campaign are fourth-most in the majors while his 165 victories and 387 starts both rank fifth, and his 1,965 strikeouts rank sixth.

Lackey has 12 double-digit win seasons since 2003, second-most in the majors behind only Mark Buehrle (13), and has posted 10 or more wins in every full season he has pitched since 2003. Lackey has reached the 200-inning mark six times, including 218.0 innings last season, and has made 31 or more starts in a season eight times.

The right-hander owns an 8-5 record with a 3.11 ERA (44 ER/127.1 IP) in 23 career postseason games, including 20 starts. His eight postseason victories are second-most among active pitchers, trailing only CC Sabathia’s nine victories. Lackey went 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two NLDS outings vs. the Cubs.

In 2013, Lackey went 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts for the World Champion Red Sox after missing the previous campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in November of 2011. He went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five postseason games (four starts) during the club’s World Series run.

Named an American League All-Star in 2007, Lackey set career marks with 19 wins and 224.0 innings pitched for the Angels. He led the AL with a 3.01 ERA that season en route to a third-place finish in the AL Cy Young vote. The 2007 campaign also marked his fifth-straight with at least 32 starts.

Lackey made his major league debut with the Angels in 2002, going 9-4 with a complete game and a 3.66 ERA in 18 starts before he went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in five postseason outings (three starts). He won Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on three days rest, becoming the first rookie pitcher to win a World Series Game 7 since Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams in 1909.

A native of Abilene, Texas, Lackey was originally selected by the Angels in the second round of the 1999 draft out of Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Cubs acquire RHP Spencer Patton from Texas

The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers for minor league infielder Frandy Delarosa. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 33 players.

Patton, 27, broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. Patton went 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 26 Triple-A relief outings and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 27 big league relief outings. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 major league relief outings over the last two years, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Patton has gone 15-14 with 33 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 147 career minor league appearances, all but 12 in relief, covering five minor league campaigns. He has struck out 364 batters in 268.1 innings pitched, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton was named to the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Patton is a native of Urbana, Illinois, and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 draft out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for right-hander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.

Delarosa, 19, batted .273 (70-for-256) with 20 doubles, two triples, no home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games for Short-Season A Eugene last season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs place OF Soler, RHP Motte on DL; Recall IF La Stella, LHP Rosscup

The Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and placed right-handed pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain on Monday. Infielder Tommy La Stella and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Both La Stella and Rosscup will be available for the Cubs this afternoon for the club’s make-up game against the Indians at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 26, was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 14 with a right oblique strain first suffered on April 10 and re-aggravated in May. He saw action in two games with the Cubs prior to his initial injury, going 1-for-6 (.167). He batted .250 (9-for-36) with three doubles and three RBI in 10 games covering a pair of rehab assignments with Double-A Tennessee before being activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 11, where he has hit .333 (11-for-33) with one homer and six RBI in nine games.

The left-handed hitter was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino last Nov. 16. La Stella made his major league debut with the Braves last season and led National League rookies with 36 walks and a .328 on-base percentage (min. 300 plate appearances). In 93 games, he hit .251 (80-for-319) with 16 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI, and compiled a .984 fielding percentage (6 E/368 TC) in 88 games at second base.

Rosscup, 27, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11 ER/23.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 14. With the Cubs, Rosscup has struck out 25 batters in 23.0 innings while limiting foes to a .241 batting average, including a .111 average (3-for-27) and .384 OPS by left-handed hitters.

With Iowa this year, Rosscup has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA in eight relief outings, fanning 13 hitters in 7.1 innings pitched. A season ago, Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. Overall, Rosscup is 3-1 with a 5.44 ERA in 54 relief appearances with the Cubs covering the last three seasons (2013-15).

Soler, 23, is batting .265 (91-for-343) with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined from June 3-July 5 with a sprained left ankle.

Motte, 34, is 8-1 with nine holds, six saves and a 3.91 ERA (21 ER/48.1 IP) in 57 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs active RHP Grimm; recall OF Szczur

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Justin Grimm returns to the Cubs after a stint on the DL. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

The 26-year-old Grimm returns to the Cubs after landing on the disabled list on April 10 with right forearm inflammation. He made one rehab appearance as part of his return, tossing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts on Monday for Iowa. Grimm made Chicago’s Opening Day roster for the second season in a row, but has yet to make his 2015 debut.

The right-hander went 5-2 with 11 holds and a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances last year with the Cubs, his first full season in the majors. Grimm tied for ninth in the National League in appearances while striking out 70 batters and walking only 27 in 69.0 innings. Overall, he stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners last year and posted a 2.60 ERA in 29 games following the All-Star break.

Grimm joined the Cubs as part of the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers on July 22, 2013. He was the American League Rookie of the Month with Texas in April 2013, and posted a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Cubs following the trade that summer.

Szczur, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and batted .200 (2-for-10) with one double and one RBI in eight games before being optioned to Iowa on April 19. With Iowa, Szczur has batted .262 (11-for-42) with two homers, a triple and seven RBI in 11 games this season.

The outfielder made his major league debut with the Cubs last August and batted .226 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 33 games. Szczur has played 14 games in left field, nine games in center field and 13 games in right field during his big league career. Overall, he has batted .222 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 41 career major league games.

Lake, 25, is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with one double and one RBI in four games with the Cubs this season. He is batting .289 (13-for-45) with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this year.

Varvaro, 30, was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and was added to the 25-man roster yesterday. He did not appear in Tuesday’s game. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 17, 2014, and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on April 29.

Cubs place IF La Stella on DL; recall LHP Rosscup

The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with right rib cage inflammation and recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Rosscup will be available for the Cubs tonight when they play the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Rosscup has tossed two scoreless appearances with Iowa this season, last pitching on Sunday in Memphis when he struck out three in an inning of work. The southpaw posted no record and a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances with the Cubs during Spring Training before being optioned to Iowa on April 1.

Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs last season, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. He spent most of the 2014 campaign with Iowa, where he went 2-0 with four saves and a 2.10 ERA in 29 relief outings. Rosscup made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2013, posting no record and a 1.35 ERA in 10 relief outings.

La Stella, 26, is batting .167 (1-for-6) in two games with the Cubs this season. He was acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Arodys Vizcaino on Nov. 16, 2014.

Cubs reduce spring roster to 32 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned three players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 35 to 32 players.

Three players have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa: right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake.

Chicago’s spring roster of 32 players consists of 16 pitchers, four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and six outfielders.

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