Cubs released RHP Andy Sonnanstine.
Sonnanstine refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa and was granted his freedom. It doesn't appear to be in the hurler's best interest, as there are few organizations with an easier path to major league inning as the Cubs at this point. Sonnanstine gave up eight runs on 13 hits over five innings this spring. He'll receive a minor league pact elsewhere, but has no chance at a big league job out of the gate.