Cubs DFA C Blake Lalli; Claim RP Miguel Socolivich

Cubs DFA C Blake Lalli; Claim RP Miguel Socolivich

The Cubs continue to search for pitching, particularly for their bullpen, and today they picked up 26 year old RHP Miguel Socolovich.

Socolovich had a couple of stints with the Orioles, appearing in 6 games. In 10 1/3 innings of relief, he struck out six, walked six and allowed two homers.  He had a 6.97 ERA

He has spent most of the year at Baltimore's AAA affiliate, Norfolk, going 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA.  He struck out 52 and walked 14 in 52 innings, holding hitters to a .179 batting average.

The slightly built (6'1,155 lbs) Socolovich has a live arm (92 mph FB, good slider, change). He has shown swing and miss stuff and good control in AAA, but like we've seen with some Cubs rookies this year, that good control doesn't necessarily translate at the MLB level, and that was not been the case with Socolovich in his short sample with Baltimore.


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  • Well, I guess we've got the market cornered on relievers with control problems. heh heh.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Ha! Sooner or later somebody has to work out ;) I guess they have nothing to lose this year!

  • True. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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    Was Lalli on the 40 man roster and DFA to make room for this Socolivich

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  • I think picking up young players here and there and hoping for
    good pickup is the way to go.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    can you just name a few who did help clubs in the past?

    Uggla was a Rule 5 player.....

    not many.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    Here's article on the top 10:

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Cubs got Josh Hamilton in the 2006 Rule 5 draft and immediately traded him to the Reds for cash. I will never forget it as I was so pissed.

  • Lets hope Miguel does well with the Cubs.....

    or Cubs fans will yell out and call him a son-of-a -ivich if he gives up too many homeruns....:)

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    But when he does good we can sing, "Now you're messing with a Socolivich!"

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    Carne...... that was Awesome!!

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