Found March 12, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
Dusty Baker made his first round of roster cuts Tuesday. There were 12 in all and none of the players came as a real surprise. Here is the list of the players who were cut: RHP Nick Christiani RHP Chad Rogers C Nevin Ashley OF Kris Negron OF Ryan LaMarre LHP Ismael Guillon OF Yorman Rodriguez RHP Carlos Contreras RHP Josh Ravin RHP Kyle Lotzkar RHP Daniel Corcino LHP Tony Cingrani Cingrani and Corcino were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Lotzkar and Ravin were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Contreras and Rodriguez were optioned to Single-A Bakersfield. Guillon was optioned to Single-A Dayton. The rest were reassigned to the minor league camp. Baker must whittle down the roster size to 25 players by Opening Day. Via John Fay

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