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Cubs Roster Cuts: Albert Almora, Matt Murton, 7 Others

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There still aren't any surprises among the Cubs roster cuts.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- With a little over a week left before Opening Night, the Cubs announced nine roster cuts Friday morning:

None of these should be any surprise to you. It's too bad that Matt Murton didn't make it back in his attempted comeback from playing in Japan, but after he had an emergency appendectomy and played in only a couple of games, he was the longest of longshots.

Many of the rest of these players will likely be core parts of the roster at Triple-A Iowa this year and available in case of injuries. None of these players is on the 40-man roster, so officially they will be "reassigned to minor-league camp."

We do have some further information about one of the nine:

These cuts leave the Cubs' spring roster at 36 going into the final week of camp. Roster breakdown: 19 pitchers (two non-roster invitees and one on the disabled list), four catchers (one non-roster invitee), eight infielders (one non-roster invitee) and five outfielders (one non-roster invitee).