I know what you’re thinking: why are the Cubs making organizational moves in the offseason? What does it mean to send Bobby Scales to AAA Iowa, when, like, nobody is playing?
Well, the important thing is that the move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster – which now stands at 38. That means the Cubs could add two players via free agency or trade, without having to do any roster shuffling.
Does it portend some exciting moves? Probably not. The Cubs were going to need to open up space regardless. But the space is now there.