Cubs trim roster to 54 players

MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs reduced their spring roster to 54 players Friday after cutting two more from major league camp. Pitcher Dallas Beeler was optioned to Triple-A Iowa while non-roster invitee pitcher Marcus Hatley was assigned to minor league camp.

The Cubs previously optioned infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins along with outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa while sending outfielder Jorge Soler to Double-A Tennessee.

Other non-roster invitees sent to minor league camp included pitcher Eric Jokisch and infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez, as well as outfielder Albert Almora. Outfielder Aaron Cunningham was given his release.