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Cubs release Justin Grimm

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The reliever from the World Series team had struggled with control the past two seasons.

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The Chicago Cubs today released relief pitcher Justin Grimm, according to a report by ESPN Chicago reporter Jesse Rogers. Grimm had been with the Cubs since 2013.

The Cubs acquired Grimm from the Texas Rangers in July of 2013 along with Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Olt for Matt Garza. “The Grimm Reaper” had been an important part of the Cubs bullpen since then, especially in his first two and a half seasons with the club. He was less effective in the World Series-winning year of 2016, but he was still an important part of that year’s bullpen.

Control problems plagued Grimm over the past two seasons which resulted in a booming ERA of 5.53 last season. His walk totals increased and he also gave up a whopping 12 home runs in just 55.1 innings. The Cubs likely concluded that these problems were not going to go away in 2018.

By releasing Grimm now, the Cubs give him a chance to catch on with another club before Spring Training ends.

The Cubs Spring Training roster now stands at 39.