The Cubs' Opening Day roster is starting to take shape.
The team announced Friday that they have assigned nine players to minor league camp, trimming their roster to 36 players.
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Albert Almora and Matt Murton were among them, along with right-handed pitchers Brandon Gomes, Jean Machi and Ryan Williams, infielders Jesus Guzman and Kris Negron, and outfielders John Andreoli and Juan Perez.
The roster now consists of 19 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:
The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason.
After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member:
Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization."
All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.