If Peterson, Lavarnway are any indication, we shouldn't get too attached to Mark Kickham #Cubs
— Andy (@Behind_The_Ivy) December 23, 2014
Yeah, that didn't take long at all. It seemed like standard operating procedure for this time of year as 40-man rosters are packed to the gills, but guys need to be moved on and off as trades and free agent signings occur. Let's quickly recap:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 23, 2014
In addition, the Cubs signed former Cardinal Adron Chambers:
— ChicagoCubsOnline (@TheCCO) December 23, 2014
Since it's just a minor league deal, I guess they're just looking for depth and maybe lightning in a bottle, as Chambers showed pretty good on-base skills in the minors.
Also, the Cubs' deal with David Ross was outlined:
David Ross: 500K signing bonus. $2.25M '15, $2.25M '16. $5M total. #cubs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 23, 2014
It's actually a nice deal for what Ross is. With two guys claimed and only Kickham added back, there should be a spot for Ross now. That takes care of that, and Welington Castillo, if he must be traded, can be moved independently. Regarding Kickham, I just remember him being called up to the Giants and sucking, so think of that as another stash attempt. I.e., they'll try to get him through outright waivers, and if he's claimed by another team, oh well. That might happen to some other guys that the Cubs may attempt to send down to Iowa, though fortunately it didn't happen to Logan Watkins who I think is useful to have around.
These little games of player roulette will continue as the Cubs try to look for another outfielder or reliever.
UPDATE 4:54 PM: The David Ross signing is official:
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) December 23, 2014
Whenever the intern bothers to update the page, the Cubs 40-man roster should be full.