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The Chicago Cubs outrighted pitcher Angel Guzman off the 40-man roster on Thursday. He cleared waivers to become a free agent and has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs and an invitation to spring training, according to a major league source.
Guzman, who has been plagued by injuries, had arthroscopic surgery to repair a career-threatening injury to his right shoulder suffered during spring training. Guzman had several screws inserted to repair a torn ligament.
The Cubs were hoping he'd be their right-handed setup man in 2010 after he pitched in a career-high 55 games in 2009 and posted a 2.95 ERA.
The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.
The Cubs also have received the paperwork from Aramis Ramirez exercising his 2011 contract option.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.