It's that time of year, when scouring the transactions wire reveals the names of washed up veterans being cut as teams try to get their rosters down to 25 players a week before Opening Day.
On Friday the Chicago Cubs demoted Fernando Lunar and Trenidad Hubbard, who were in their camp as non-roster players, to the minors. Lunar and Hubbard, incidentally, were two of the three players that Syd Thrift got from the Atlanta Braves for B.J. Surhoff (and Gabe Molina) in the Great Roster Cleansing of 2000. (The third, who was supposed to be the prize of the whole set of trades, was Luis Rivera; unfortunately Thrift forgot to check his medical records before trading for him, and Rivera pitched a total of just 2/3 of an inning in the majors in the three+ years since the trade.)