— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) December 2, 2013
This removes McDonald from the 40-man roster and is essentially the Cubs non-tendering him and re-signing him. McDonald has hit lefties well throughout his career, but that's about it. He waasn't very good at Iowa last year.
The Cubs still have 10 players who are arbitration eligible. Most of them will get tendered a contract today.
Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM
Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM
Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM
Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM
Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM
James Russell (4.000): $1.7MM
Luis Valbuena (3.148): $1.5MM
Pedro Strop (2.156, Super Two): $1MM
Donnie Murphy (4.043): $1MM
Mat Gamel (3.059): $500K
UPDATE: the Cubs non-tendered Daniel Bard who performed horribly in his brief winter league action.