first cut is the deepestToday, the Chicago Cubs sent Darnell McDonald to minor league camp, reducing the Spring roster to 34. That’s not really an oddity. That’s just a normal cut.

But in relative conjunction with the McDonald roster move, the Cubs also released reliever Chang-Yong Lim, who’d already been cut from big league camp. That, too, wouldn’t really be an oddity without the Tsuyoshi Wada move. Remember Wada? Who was in camp on a minor league deal? He was released by the Cubs this weekend. Well, the Cubs re-signed him to another minor league deal today. I bundle these moves together because, who knows, maybe Lim will be re-signed, too. If not, he could head back to Japan or Korea, or try to latch on with another MLB team. He still does have interesting stuff as a sidearming reliever.

What’s the deal with the Wada release and re-signing? Well, it’s looking like it was just a procedural thing. Without getting into the nitty gritty, Wada was going to be due a $100,000 bonus to stay with the Cubs on a minor league deal this week. The two sides probably negotiated this maneuver, which will net Wada a little less (but presumably more than he was going to get elsewhere). The upshot here is that the Cubs will have Wada around as a depth option for a while longer, it seems.

  • woody

    So after all the Wada jokes the guy comes back to haunt us.

    • DarthHater

      Yada Yada Wada, the saga continues…

  • Forgetting Sean Marshall

    Is Darnell off the team or going to AAA? With the amount of AAA outfielders, I would hope he doesn’t take a significant amount of playing time from younger prospect type players.

    • woody

      I am pretty sure all of our top outfield prospects are a AA or lower. Still waiting to verify if Soler and Almora start at Tenneesee. Hanneman I’m not sure about. I think maybe Kane county. With the likes of Vitters and Jackson at Iowa I wouldn’t worry about Darnell taking playing time from anybody.

    • ssckelley

      I agree, I find it odd the Cubs keep him around.

      • Brett

        Not saying it’s THE reason, but I’ve heard McDonald is a hell of a leader/teammate/veteran/mentor/etc.

        • ssckelley

          Hire as a coach then?

        • mjhurdle

          I thought that might play into it, because McDonald was obviously not going to make the big league roster but was still kept around.
          If he was a good clubhouse guy, that would make a lot more sense.

    • FFP

      I’d look for Darnell hanging next to Baez between innings in the Iowa dugout. There’s the solid, veteran disposition any kid would benefit from while he gets his requisite minor league at bats. (Not to mention the tension breaking Darnell’s recent new talent as a slapstick cutup.)

  • itzscott

    Scratching my head wondering wada these guys doing bringing this guy back?

    • cubsnivy56

      ba-dum ching…………..

  • Forgetting Sean Marshall

    Szczur, Ha, Vitters, Jackson, possibly kalish, and later andreoli all have a lot more upside compares to McDonald. Just seems like he is expendable.

    • AB1980

      Maybe that’s the idea, those guys can all learn how to be excellent 5th outfielders/25th man they are bound to be from Darnell MacDonald; you know making up for the big name jerks snubbing kids by staying in the parking lot signing autographs after the game, making unnecessary dives (not in Vitters case, he might get hurt again), getting Baez’s coffee/water/snacks, work the radar gun etc.

    • jp3

      I forgot about Ha, talk about a prospect that has gotten lost in the shuffle…

  • http://BN Sacko

    Lots of OF’s in AAA, Mcdonald is that important to hang around as leader and mentor? Then get him out of a players uniform and use him that way. He shouldn’t take away anyones AB’s. He’s going nowhere for us or anyone else.

    • JadeBos

      Wow! I betcha the front office hasn’t thought of any of this! Wait let me get a pad of paper and jot this all down. A career minor leaguer might take away ABs from prospects? Brilliant stuff everyone. We need to twatter or electronically mail this to Theo. Someone send a telegraph to Bruce Levine!

      • mjhurdle