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The Chicago Cubs made a mini-cut yesterday, outrighting outfielder (wow, back-to-back “out” words – I could add the word “outwardly” to the front and make it a three-fer) Brad Snyder to AAA Iowa.

Snyder, a former first round pick of the Cleveland Indians, was never a legitimate threat to make the team, but his cut is actually somewhat newsworthy.

By outrighting Snyder to Iowa, the Cubs have removed him from the 40-man roster, which now stands at 37. It is starting to get low enough that it is hard to imagine that the Cubs are simply opening up spots for non-roster invitees that they’d like to roster. It’s starting to get into the “maybe there’s a trade on the horizon” zone. I still wouldn’t be shocked to see the Cubs go after a backup infielder via trade.

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