Remember when the Cubs signed Kerry Wood before the Cubs Convention, even though the 40-man roster stood at 40?
Remember when the Cubs signed Manny Corpas to a split contract that required putting him on the 40-man roster, even though he didn’t pitch in 2011 and would have made more sense as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training?
Well, two birds, one stone, and all that.
Today the Cubs outrighted Manny Corpas off the 40-man roster (in which process, they must have made him available to all other MLB teams and none wanted to put him on their 40-man), and instead gave him a non-roster invite to Spring Training. The move opened up a 40-man spot for Kerry Wood, whose $3 million deal should now be official.
This was procedural finagling at its finest.