Chicago Cubs cut Munenori Kawasaki in hope to resign to a minor league deal
The decision to release Munenori Kawasaki yesterday was only in the hopes of getting him resigned to a better deal. The Cubs also avoided paying Munenori $100,000 retention bonus by releasing him. “Hopefully we get a chance to sign him back,” Maddon said. “A guy like him needs to take advantage of how well he’s playing and possibly see if there’s a chance to get a major league job. That’s all that is. But we’d love to get him back.”
A way back for Munenori Kawasaki
With all of the talent the Cubs have in the Middle of the Infield it will be hard for Munenori Kawasaki to get back to the Major league club if he resigns to a minor league deal. They could use him in Triple-A Iowa to play along with Chesny Young. Madden went on to say he doesn’t like the word release and he hopes that he can make it back to the big league club.
Maybe doing him a favor
The biggest upside to this is the chance for Munenori Kawasaki to make another roster before opening day. There are a lot of teams that could use his talents. The veteran utilityman can give you a presence in the clubhouse that you just can’t fake, even though he just played in 14 regular season games last season.