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The Cubs have made a curious 40-man roster move

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Shae Simmons was waived, and outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

Shae Simmons on photo day in Mesa
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Late Monday, the Cubs made a number of roster moves involving the Triple-A team at Iowa:

Of all those moves, the one we’re interested in here is Shae Simmons being placed on waivers.

According to both the Cubs transactions list and the Iowa transactions list, Simmons has already cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Iowa.

This opens up a 40-man roster spot. The 40-man had previously been full, and now it stands at 39 players.

Teams don’t usually make moves like this unless there’s a reason to need that 40-man roster spot. It could presage someone else from Iowa who’s not currently on the 40-man roster being recalled (Kyle Ryan? Dakota Mekkes?)

Or, it could be leaving an open 40-man spot for a trade. Haven’t heard any recent rumors and it seems somewhat early, five weeks to the trade deadline, for any deals.

But the Cubs now have an open 40-man spot available. Can’t imagine it’ll stay open too long. Stay tuned.