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Cubs release three vets, re-sign to minor league deals

Shane Victorino was one of three released by the Cubs on Tuesday. (AP)

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs released outfielder Shane Victorino, infielder Munenori Kawasaki and reliever Manny Parra on Tuesday morning, but re-signed them to minor-league deals later in the day.

With six years of service time, Victorino and Parra had Article XX-B protection, meaning the team was forced to do promote them to the 25-man roster, release them or pay them a $100,000 retention bonus.

The team released them and negotiated new deals.

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