Updated 4:18 pm
The Chris Volstad era is officially over in Chicago.
The Cubs opened up another roster spot and this one is mildly surprising, though it's not like anbody should be shocked here. The Royals, who are hurting for starting pitching almost as badly as the Cubs, snatched up 26 year old Chris Volstad, the Cubs talented but enigmatic starter who managed to parlay above average stuff into above average offensive performances by the rest of the National League.
The task now falls on the Royals to see if they can harness Volstad's potential and turn him into a useful starter. The Cubs were repeatedly frustrated with his passive approach on the mound and how he consistently strayed away from the game plan, insisting on doing things in ways that haven't really worked for him in the past.
The Cubs took a flyer on Volstad by dumping Carlos Zambrano in a trade that didn't work out for either team. It was one thing to take a chance on Volstad when it's not costing you anything, it's quite another when Volstad figures to make $3M next season for production that can be replaced by any number of AAA starters.
That makes Jeff Samardzija and the injured Matt Garza as the only starters left from the 2011 opening day rotation.
In other news, the 4 more Cubs were outrighted to AAA, creating more space on the 40 man roster. Again, none are surprises. They are OF-IF Joe Mather and RHPs Many Corpas, Blake Parker, and Justin Germano.
Manny Corpas refused his assignment and elected free agency.
Filed under: Roster decisions