Edgar Gonzalez Released

Mar. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs Edgar Gonzalez (55) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning during a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

When the Chicago Cubs signed Edgar Gonzalez this past off-season, the hope from the organization was that Gonzalez could follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Adrian. Both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer felt at the time of the Gonzalez signing that the Cubs would be an position to contend regularly no that Gonzalez was a part of the team’s plan. Epstein and Hoyer felt that they locked in the Cubs’ middle infielders for the long-term future. With Starlin Castro at shortstop, and Edgar Gonzalez at second base; the arrow was pointing up for the Cubs’ organization.

The joke is over. Edgar Gonzalez did not come to the Cubs’ organization with the idea of being some savior for a team that has not won a world series title in over 103 years. After all, Gonzalez is not his brother. Nonetheless, Gonzalelz was a part of the Cubs’ organization. Gonzalez was a part of the Cubs’ list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Gonzalez competed with the likes of Blake DeWitt, Adrian Cardenas, Matt Tolbert, and Alfredo Amezaga for a spot on the Cubs’ bench as an utility player.

Considering this is the first time that Cubbies Crib has gone in-depth on Gonzalez, it should easy to recognize that Gonzalez did not make the Cubs out of Spring Training. Rather, Gonzalez was optioned and began the season with the Iowa Cubs.Gonzalez hit .286/.333/.393 with the Iowa Cubs this season in 28 at bats. However, Gonzalez’s playing time came as a reserve. With that said, the Cubs announced on Sunday that the organization has released Gonzalez. Gonzalez is likely to take his playing career into the Asian market. Before he does, Cubbies Crib would like to say farewell to Gonzalez.