Shane Victorino released by the Cubs but signs back on a minor league deal

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As expected, the Cubs cut Shane Victorino today. He could’ve just left to find a job elsewhere but he quickly agreed to a minor league deal with Chicago. He’ll likely stay in Mesa as the team goes north to get healthy again and then report to Iowa for his first Triple-A action outside of an injury rehab stint in over a decade.

Victorino was a long shot to make the team to begin with, but then he suffered a calf injury during spring training and hasn’t appeared in a game since March 8. Last year he played in only 71 games between the Red Sox and Angels, and 30 in 2014 with the Red Sox.