The Cubs attempt to slip Brett Marshall through waivers was unsuccessful, as the Reds claimed the right-hander. The Cubs had taken Marshall from the Yankees in December. Marshall is a former top prospect who failed to live up to his potential with the Yankees.
The Twins followed that up by claiming Brooks Raley off waivers. The lefty struggled as a starter in a brief audition in 2013 and was being converted to relief.
The Cubs needed to make one move to open up space to make the Jason Hammel signing official. However, opening up two roster spots suggests another roster move is in the future. Perhaps Bonifacio? (If so, once again a tip of the cap to John for having a better read on Theo than I do.)
UPDATE 3:30 PM: Bruce Levine says that the roster moves are to sign Hammel and RHP James McDonald. McDonald, a former Dodger, was believed to be getting a minor league contract. (h/t to Zonk for this.)
In other news:
- Cubs Den's very own John Arguello and Mauricio Rubio will be attending a BP event in March.
Join us in Chicago on Saturday, March 8 at Monti’s on the North Side of Chicago for two hours of pizza, cheesesteak, and baseball talk.Harry Pavlidis will also be there, as will BP Prospect writer Jordan Gorosh.Also talking prospects will be Wayne Randazzo (radio voice of the Kane County Cougars), Adam Brown (Chicago sports blogger and both a Cubs and Cougars season ticket holder), and Sahadev Sharma (ESPNChicago.com, Vine Line, and Bleacher Nation).There will be free pizza and cheesesteak while supplies last.The details:
Saturday, March 8, 2014
3:00-5:00 pm Central TimeMonti’s
4757 N. Talman Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
- Paul Banks at the Sports Bank ran into C Welington Castillo at a function. He has a good article on Welly's work ethic and constant striving to improve.
- Jesse Rogers looked at the Cubs most likely to have a breakout year. His pick? RHP Jake Arrieta. That would be a nice outcome -- Arrieta nailing down a top of the rotation slot this summer would answer a lot of questions for the Cubs. Interestingly, the fans vote right now is 3B Mike Olt, suggesting many fans think (or hope) that the eyes are good to go.
- According to Patrick Mooney, the fans are not alone. The Cubs are among those who are expecting big things from Olt.
- According to Dan Bernstein, talks between the Cubs and rooftops have revived, "Sources: negotiations between #Cubs & rooftops have revived, with the team taking a harder stand, confident in better legal/$ position."
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