Aaron Barrett has elected to become a free agent.
Barrett chose to test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2016 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was set to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Willson Contreras will start behind the plate in Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.
This is all assuming the weather cooperates. David Ross made the start behind the plate in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the hill, but Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta in Game 2. Also, Jorge Soler will get the start in right field, as expected. $184 million man Jason Heyward remains on the bench. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Kyle Schwarber DH, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS. Trevor Bauer will start for Cleveland.
Jorge Soler is expected to be in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.
Chris Coghlan got the start over Jason Heyward in Game 1 and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Now Cubs manager Joe Maddon will give Soler a shot. The 24-year-old is hitless in eight at-bats this postseason.
Padres sent RHP Jose Dominguez outright to Triple-A El Paso.
Dominguez, 26, was added to the 40-man roster back in July and went on to post a 5.05 ERA and 20/17 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings with the big club. The move gives the Padres some extra wiggle room this offseason.