The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs made the first cuts of spring training Friday. They sent P Billy Petrick back to Triple-A Iowa. And OF Tyler Colvin, RHPs Esmailin Caridad and Jose Ceda, LHP Geoff Jones, OF Andres Torres, INF Bobby Scales and catchers Welington Castillo and Josh Donaldson were sent back to the team's minor league camp.
The Cubs signed SS Andres Blanco, RHP Mike Smith, OF Andres Torres, C JD Closser, SS Luis Figueroa, C Koyie Hill, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, LHP Geoffrey Jones, OF Josh Kroeger and LHP Les Walrond to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Also, the invited farm hands LHP Edward Campusano, C Wellington Castillo, RHP Jose Ceda, OF Tyler Colvin, C Josh Donaldson and 3B Casey McGehee to spring training.
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