Though he’d suggested he wouldn’t make any cuts for another week or two, today Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade gave the axe to two young relievers, neither of whom was expected to make the bullpen. Lefty John Gaub, one of three the Cubs got from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa trade, once again failed to impress, and will have to toil away in the minors for another year, hoping injury strikes. Righty Esmailin Caridad, whose long recovery from arm problems last year appear to have sapped him of his previously dominating stuff, also failed to do much of note. Caridad is living proof of how deceptive September and Spring stats can be, and he’ll work in the minors to regain his form.


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