Happy Tuesday everyone. In case you were wondering, I completed my Tough Mudder run this past weekend. I am planning on putting together a post discussing it. In the meantime, there are a few nuggets of interest as we are just about a week into the off-season.

  • The 40 man roster has been changed a little with the addition of Kyuji Fujikawa, Arodys Vizcaino and Mat Gamel from the 60 day DL. After the move, the roster stands at 37. There will still need to be changes as free agency has started and we inch closer to the rule 5 draft.
  • Cubs minor league shortstop Elliot Soto was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. He was banned after a second violation for a drug of abuse. Soto was a 15th round pick in the 2010 draft, and posted a combined .219 average in 84 games at class A Daytona and Double A Tennessee in 2013.
  • The Cubs are rumored to still be interested in pursuing a trade involving Samardzija to the Diamondbacks. We’ll see what happens as we get closer to the winter meetings on this one.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail