The Cubs placed Zagunis on the restricted list Thursday after he informed the club that he will opt out of the 2020 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Zagunis will lose his spot in the Cubs' 60-man player pool as a result, though he'll still remain under club control. Had he cracked the team's Opening Day roster, Zagunis likely would have been in line for limited action as a reserve outfielder.
Zagunis will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season. Zagunis will be a part of the roster, but he was assigned to camp in South Bend while MLB regulars will train at Wrigley Field. This would seem to indicate that Zagunis is buried on the team's outfield depth chart. The outfield group training at Wrigley Field consists of Albert Almora, Ian Happ, Jason Heyward, Ian Miller, Kyle Schwarber and Steven Souza.
The Cubs sent Zagunis outright to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday after he went unclaimed off waivers. Chicago designated Zagunis for assignment earlier this month to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Zobrist, who was reinstated from the restricted list. The outfielder will stick around with the Cubs as organizational depth after hitting .250 in 30 games at the big-league level in 2019.
Zagunis was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Zagunis has only one major-league plate appearance since late May and is being jettisoned from the 40-man roster as Ben Zobrist (personal) makes his return to the club. The 26-year-old had a .250/.325/.333 slash line with three doubles in 30 big-league games this season.
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Zagunis was up as the 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic. He'll head right back to the minors after striking out in his lone plate appearance. He's 9-for-36 with three doubles and five RBI in the big leagues this season (30 games).
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