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Cubs recall Javier Baez, who will start Tuesday vs. Reds

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Cubs recall Javier Baez, who will start Tuesday vs. Reds

The Cubs finalized their first wave of September call-ups on Tuesday, recalling infielder Javier Baez and Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Quintin Berry and right-hander Trevor Cahill also were added to the 40-man roster, while outfielder Austin Jackson was added to the active roster.

Baez will start at second base tonight when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' 2009 first-round draft pick batted .324//.385/.912 with 13 homers and 61 RBIs in 70 games with Iowa this season. He also stole 17 bases and enters the Friendly Confines touting a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his MLB debut last year with the Cubs, batting .169 with nine homers and 20 RBIs in 52 games.

James Russell and Rafael Soriano were designated for assignment to make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster. Russell went 0-2 with a .529 ERA in 49 relief appearances in 2015. Soriano, signed in June, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen.

Jackson was acquired Monday from Seattle in exchange for a player to be named later and an international-signing slot. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases with the Mariners and will give the Cubs much-needed outfield depth with Jorge Soler on the disabled list.

Berry signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the season with Triple-A Pawtucket (Boston). He's 30-for-30 on stolen base attempts, including 5-for-5 in the postseason, in his career.

Cahill signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and threw 7.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in five appearances.

The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 40, while their active roster includes 30 players.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

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.