Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 2 weeks ago

The Cubs optioned Kawasaki to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kawasaki was recalled last week to fill the roster spot of the injured Kyle Schwarber (knee), but he will head back to Iowa with Javier Baez rejoining the big club on Friday. Kawasaki will garner consideration next time the Cubs need to call up an infielder from the minors.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 4 weeks ago

The Cubs added Kawasaki to the 40-man roster Sunday and optioned the infielder to Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

During four seasons between the Mariners' and Blue Jays' organizations, Kawasaki has logged the majority of his time at second base and shortstop, but third base has been his domain on occasion. With Javier Baez (thumb) landing on the DL to open the season, Kawasaki will serve as insurance in case another injury occurs to the Cubs' infield. If he does make an appearance with the big club, Kawasaki will be looking to parlay a spring slash line of .375/.455/.563 in 48 at-bats into regular season success, though he's known far more for his deftness with the glove.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 1 month ago

Kawasaki re-signed with the Cubs on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kawasaki was among three Cubs released earlier on Tuesday, but all three eventually signed minor league deals with the club later in the day. The 34-year-old likely won't make much of an impact on the major league level this year, but will provide organizational depth up the middle of the infield.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 1 month ago

Kawasaki was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Even with Javier Baez (thumb) potentially unavailable, the 34-year-old Kawasaki wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster. He could still re-sign with Chicago before the season to help with organizational infield depth.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 1 month ago

Kawasaki could make the Cubs out of camp if Javier Baez (thumb) isn't ready, Carrie Muskat of the Cubs' official site reports. "He's very much a viable option," manager Joe Maddon said of Kawasaki.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Baez has not played since Mar. 20, but he's not expected to need much more time off. Kawasaki's best hopes of making the team are if Baez or Tommy La Stella (calf) need a short stint on the DL.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 1 month ago

Kawasaki is still the running for the final infield spot for the Cubs, the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's still probably a long shot for the popular second baseman. "More than likely it'd almost be an injury situation to dislodge [someone else]," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm just being honest. I also know that if he was part of this group, I'd be really happy about it in a heartbeat, and everybody else would be, too." With Tommy La Stella hobbling with a sore calf, it's still possible that Kawasaki could head north with the team.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 1 month ago

Kawasaki went 2-for-4 with a double against the Padres on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kawasaki is slashing .389/.522/.500 this spring. He still has an outside shot at making the team as a backup middle infielder, though he's not on the 40-man roster and is more likely to spend the year with Triple-A Iowa.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 3 months ago

The Cubs signed Kawasaki to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 34-year-old infielder will likely just provide organizational depth.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 8 months ago

The Blue Jays recalled Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kawasaki will give the Blue Jays some added infield depth, and -- although there isn't a fantasy category for this -- the fan favorite figures to provide a boost to the team off the field.

Munenori Kawasaki 2B CHC 10 months ago

Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Kawasaki has 15 at-bats in 12 appearances this season, as he's often just used as a late-inning defensive replacement. He's known for his personality, defense and versatility, but he offers zero offensive upside, even at the Triple-A level.