Cubs claim pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers

Sandy Rosario keeps getting tossed around between Oakland and Boston this year.  It is the third time he's been claimed, including twice by the Red Sox.  Now he has been claimed by the Cubs, according to Carrie Muskat.

Rosario, 27, is entering his peak peformance years.  He fits the profile of recent Cubs bullpen acquisitions in that he has a live arm who can also find the plate with consistency.

He has a mid 90s fastball that peaks around 97 mph.  He throws strikes and misses bats (including a 17 walk/122 K season in 2010 for low A ball Greensboro, when he was ranked as the Marlins #21 prospect).  Last year he pitched 26 innings for the Marlins AAA affiliate and finished with a 1.04 RA and a walk to strikeout ratio of 0.69/8.39.

He also features plus slider that can touch 90 mph and a so-so change.  If he has a weakness it's that he sometimes catches too much of the plate and probably gives up more hits than he should.  A big step forward for him would be to refine his location to where he's not just throwing strikes, but he's putting them in better locations.

He profiles as a late inning reliever and is another buy low guy with a chance to add some serious value.  This offseason the Cubs have added Carlos Gutierrez, Zach Putnam, Hector Rondon, and Kyuji Fujikawa.  All of them profile as big arms with the ability to control the strike zone.

Good flyer to take as all he will cost is a roster spot.  No word on who the odd man out is at this time.

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  • Wow, love that control. Sounds like decent stuff too. Why does this guy have trouble sticking on a roster?

  • In reply to Ratmoss:

    Just unproven. Keeps getting claimed, but when teams like Boston sign a proven player he's the guy who keeps getting bumped. He's just in between that top prospect and proven player status that makes him vulnerable to drawing that short straw.

  • Another arm for Iowa......Will be on the Iowa / Chicago Express throughout the season.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    He looks to be out of options, having been optioned the last 3 years.

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    "including a 17 walk/122 K season in 2010 for low A ball Greensboro, when he was ranked as the Marlins #21 prospect"

    Um, nobody is confusing this Sandy with Koufax.

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    Sandy Koufax, one time married to Actor Richard Widmark's daughter.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    That Sandy Koufax? I heard that he was a pretty good Major League Baseball pitcher too.

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    If you're hoping to find a Sandy Koufax off the waiver wire, it's going to be a long wait for you.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Maybe just until February when the Walking Dead returns from hiatus.

  • Who gets taken off the roster... Campy?

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    There's still some juggling going on. Cubs haven't made all their signings official so there's still time to work something out.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Trade??????......Braves reporting a major trade in the works dealing with several clubs......Braves looking for a major bat for the OF.............should I dare to say ...SORIANO !!!!!

    What happen to Putman ?....minor league contract with Iowa?

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    If it happens, given something real for Soriano might be just about enough penance for starting Dempstergate with a leak. And by "something real," I mean Teheran, Delgado, Simmons, and Gilmartin. That should even the books some.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Putnam is with Iowa, though not on the 40 man roster. Looks like he'll add some depth to the bullpen with an outside shot of making the team this spring.

    I don't think Soriano is a Braves-type player. Get the feeling they're looking more for a leadoff type. Would be more inclined to see them interested in DeJesus -- if he were only RH. They have enough problems with LHP. Just don't see a fit between those two teams, though they do have a good relationship.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    looks like braves are after bonifacio and fowler

  • In reply to waitingOn2015:

    Those names make more sense to me for them.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    You dare to making up stories...

  • Just keep signing them. The only, minor, problem is finding room
    on the 40-man roster. All it takes is 1 or 2 gems

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I wish the Cubs could have a football sized roster -- including the practice squad.

  • would be awesome to move Soriano on 12-12-12, though

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    In reply to waitingOn2015:

    12-12-12 ? Sounds like a bad year for Soriano 12 HR's 12 BB's and 12 errors, (:

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    Rosario is a good pick up by the Cubs, and whomever they decide to bump probably won't be missed.

    Even if Soriano doesn't go to Atlanta, that deal probably has implications for the Cubs, because whoever Atlanta gets is someone that will no longer be available to Philadelphia.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Hamilton ready to get a 3 year deal from Philly.......bad move if he signs........he needs to stay with Texas.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    Probably a bad move for Hamilton as well. I suspect there are more heroin dealers in Philadelphia than in Dallas, but if the door closes in Philadelphia, that may mean one opens up somewhere else for the Cubs to deal Soriano. Also, Domonic Brown is still the odd man out in Philadelphia outfield. So they may look to trade him for something else they need.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Yes, I think if Atlanta has an impact on the Cubs, it'll be signing someone like Cody Ross away from Philly.

  • Would be surprised to see Rosario still on 40-man by ST. Gotta think they will try to squeeze him by waivers and put him in AAA. This roster just still has a LOT more tweaking left to be done to it.

  • In reply to Bill:

    It's possible. But nobody has been able to sneak him through so far :)

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    Soriano for Delgado in return works for me with Theo eating tossed salad, with little in it but green, lots of green.

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    On the 40-man, I think the Cubs have several options.

    *Campana: Probably gone with Schierholz coming
    *Rusin, Raley: Cubs want to keep, but I bet one will get through waivers to Iowa
    *Beliveau: Same thing.....not a high ceiling, I can't see a club using a 40-man spot on him

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I think any time you leave a young LHP exposed, you have a good chance of losing him. Not that it's come back to bite them, but the Cubs immediately lost Scott Maine and John Gaub when they released them off the roster. And those guys didn't show much in the majors or minors other than an ability to strike guys out.

    It depends on how much the Cubs think those guys can help but I can't see any scenario where they expose Raley or Beliveau. Rusin's older age and lower ceiling puts him at higher risk, but even he's a long shot to me.

  • This looks like a steal. He throws 97, misses bats and limits his walks and also has a plus slider. Can you ask for anything more out of a relief pitcher?

  • In reply to kylejo:

    Just needs better command. Makes too many mistakes in the zone.

  • Never heard of him, but the specs look good. Based on that picture, he's clearly pitched in the National League in the past, so no idea why I'm drawing a blank on Rosario. Thanks, John.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    He was a Marlins product and has been up for 3 very short stints.

  • Seems like a waste of a roster spot to me. Seven years in the minors and he has given up more hits than innings pitched. If you can't miss bats in the minors, you're not going to miss them in the majors. I agree with the approach of picking up guys and hoping you strike a lucky one, but this guy just seems like a total miss to me.

  • In reply to cubman:

    He strikes a ton of guys out. The high number of hits suggests a few things. One is he catches too much of the plate too often, another may have to do with is enviornnment (i.e. defense, ballpark). Could also be some bad luck. Given the consistency of him giving up hits, I would bet it's the first one. Perhaps command needs refinement and hes leaving too many pitches up in the zone for hitters to take a good whack at.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Want to add that it could be that his fastball is too straight, but I'd be willing to bet that the Cubs teach him a two seamer to get him more movement, though probably at the expense of some velocity.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Not having consulted the UZR/Dewan's numbers, I feel confident in saying that the Marlins defense was dogcrap in the recent past. That could be part of the problem. The Cubs' D is strong and continues to improve.

  • According to ArizonaPhil, Rusin can not be optioned or outrighted until 3 weeks before the end of spring training.

    I suppose he can just be released and made a free agent, but that is the only way to get him off the roster.

  • In reply to DaveP:

    AZ Phil is great at that stuff so I'll take his word on that. As I said, I think Rusin would have been a long shot to get waived regardless.

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    Let's all hope and pray Ian Stewart can come back. He only needs to hit .260 to .280 and with his defense I would like to see him playing 3rd base for years to come. We have alot of studs in the minors and Theo&Co. will get us more of the same. I myself have waited for a long time and I can surely wait a few more. In a few years this team will be must see TV. I can't wait.

  • In reply to RClax3:

    Agreed we could use a big bounceback year from Stewart. .280 is asking a lot, though. He's not a great hitter. I think if he can hit .250 and supplement that with some walks and some extra base power (esp. HRs), I'll be very happy considering his defense is good.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I'd take 500 ABs with a .250 average and 20 plus HRs.

  • I'll take a World Series title in 2013....and Cubs fans should accept nothing else but that!

    What a manager needs to tell his players that they should be the last team to win the final game in the baseball season.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    Have you seen our roster?

    Let's aim for the World Series in '16 or '17.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    "What a manager needs to tell his players that they should be the last team to win the final game in the baseball season."
    I think it's better to be the FIRST team to win the final game in the baseball season.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, have you heard how Stewart's wrist surgery went?

  • Apparently it went well. He says he's healthy and has no pain. Now we just need to see him hit like he did in Colorado.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Thanks, John. If Stewart's healthy, 3B is his to lose.

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    John. Question. For some reason I have a feeling about the Cubs and Edwin Jackson. What do you think is a good contract for the Cubs to get Edwin Jackson on without overpaying?

  • In reply to Demarrer:

    I think if they're willing to wait on Jackson they may get a good deal, perhaps at 3 years or so. I think he'll get his multi-year deal this time around, but I think anything more than 3 won't happen with the Cubs. If a team is going to give him 4 or 5, then the Cubs won't match.

    If they get him, it'll be a late signing. To be honest, the odds are against it but I'm certainly not going to rule it out. He fits what they're looking for in that he's young and can throw enough strikes.

  • Nice. Good pickup. Only 26 innings but he tore up the PCL last year which is usually a hitter's league.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    I think it's encouraging that he did so well last season. Makes you think that maybe he figured something out.

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