Today, following the Cubs’ acquisition of Jacob Turner from the Marlins, the team designated AAA Iowa outfielder Ryan Kalish for assignment (Bruce Miles). That opens up a 40-man spot for Turner, who was subsequently added.
One of the great Spring Training stories, Kalish made the Cubs after several years lost to injuries, including a very serious neck procedure that could have ended his career. It was a cool story. Unfortunately, the production wasn’t there, and Kalish, 26, soon headed to Iowa. There, he’s hit just .219/.306/.367, and hasn’t been a real threat to come back up to the big team.
The Cubs will have 10 days to trade, waive, or release Kalish. He’ll likely be waived and then outrighted to Iowa. He has not, to my knowledge, been outrighted before in his career, so he cannot reject the assignment. After the season, the two sides will likely re-evaluated the best next step for Kalish’s career.
There is still the matter of the 25-man roster spot Turner will need, since he is out of minor league options. The Cubs could option a reliever, or could put someone (including Turner) on the DL.