Theo Epstein today informed new manager David Ross that he’ll be with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs until April 17. The move allows the Cubs to exploit a loophole in Ross’ contract that keeps him under the team’s control for an extra year.

“It’s unfortunate for Rossy that his agent didn’t catch the language,” said Epstein, “but you can’t blame us for taking advantage of it.”

Several players said they were excited at the prospect of having Ross beyond the three-year contract he signed last week. One, however, was upset on Ross’ behalf.

“I told him ‘Watch out for these dudes,'” said the player who asked to be only named as “KB.” “They’re snakes who take advantage of every loophole to get the most of you. I can’t wait to ditch this place.”

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