As the team seeks to whittle down its final roster, the Chicago Cubs released veteran infielder Munenori Kawasaki on Tuesday.
As Spring Training draws to a close, teams around Major League Baseball are making their final roster moves ahead of Opening Day. The Chicago Cubs are among those teams, releasing veteran infielder Munenori Kawasaki on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Kawasaki far exceeded his career marks in 14 games with Chicago last season, hitting .333/.462/.429. Defensively, he appeared in games at second and third base for Joe Maddon.
Kawasaki’s release trims the Cubs’ roster down to 30 – one day after the team dropped Ian Happ and others off the big-league roster in Arizona.
Still, a reunion could be in the works for Chicago and the fan favorite Kawasaki.
Over his career, Kawasaki carries a .237/.320/.289 slash line. Given the Cubs’ countless defensive utility players, the move can hardly be considered a surprise. The team is still reportedly fielding offers for outfielder Matt Szczur. Such a deal would open the door for Tommy La Stella to claim the final roster spot.
In his time in Japan, Kawasaki was much better offensively. He posted a solid .294/.345/.378 line across over 1,100 games. Don’t be surprised if he comes up dry on a big-league opportunity and he winds up manning shortstop for Triple-A Iowa this summer.