Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal

Chris Coghlan

Chris Coghlan

Remember when the Cubs, Rangers and Phillies shuffled David Rollins between their organizations several times in November-December of 2016, all in an effort to stash the lefty reliever in AAA? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, because it was the offseason, and it… well it involved David Rollins, an obscure LOOGY. But it happened, trust me. Between the three teams, Rollins was claimed off waivers five times in just over a month, with the Cubs eventually “winning” after their second claim.

The organizational shuffling reliever Cory Mazzoni experienced in the past week is nowhere near as convoluted, but he was reclaimed yesterday off waivers by the Cubs, just days after the Dodgers had claimed him off waivers from the Cubs. I doubt he could have done any damage to his arm during his brief Dodgers tenure, but a team doctor should probably check him for whiplash.

So what does this all mean? Not much, other than the Cubs 40-man roster count now stands at 38 once again. Mazzoni will report to Iowa, where he will join Dillon Maples and Shea Simmons to form a trio of right handed relievers on the 40-man roster at the back of the I-Cubs bullpen. It does not appear that the team will reward Justin Hancock, Anthony Bass or lefty Kyle Ryan with a 40-man slot after their strong springs.

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I mentioned the signing of Chris Coghlan in the comments yesterday, but I didn’t want to write a full article mere hours before first pitch on Opening Day, as the signing did not become official until then. The versatile IF/OF will report to extended spring training as he works himself into shape and then undoubtedly will report to Iowa in short order. A member of the 2016 World Series winning club, Coghlan gives the organization veteran insurance in case either Tommy La Stella or Ben Zobrist suffer injury, or are forced into more regular roles if a starter goes down in front of them. Between Coghlan, Gimenez, Ryan and Bass the Cubs have gathered valuable, proven depth at Iowa without needing to burn a single 40-man roster spot.

 

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  • It's good to see Chris Coghlan back with the organization. Although I really do hope he's 'just' insurance for 2018, and that the fickle finger of fate that is significant injury or poor performance by others doesn't press him into service unexpectedly.

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    The first thing I thought of when I saw the headline about Mazzoni was David Rollins. Honestly.

  • Coughlin seems like a Cub, and plays his best as one. I'm glad to have him back and expect him to be called upon at some point when needed.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I wouldn't be surprised if he does get called up at some point. It would be hard to imagine that there won't be an injury or poor performance from someone at some point.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    He might as well pick up another WS ring in the process.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Do you mean to imply he "didn't come here for a haircut" as John Lackey quipped?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Hope to never see him back in the majors with the Cubs. Something terrible would have to happen for him to get back on the major league roster.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Like Schwarber hitting .111 for the first half? Or Happ striking out 60% of the time? Or...

    You're right, of course. If things are going as planned, Coughlin doesn't have a place on the MLB Cubs. Too bad his most memorable feat was done while wearing someone else's uni: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3BDn2K6sgo

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Injuries and slumps happen. At one point last year the Cubs had the starting outfield out plus Zo.

  • Billy McKinney called up by the Yanks. I hope he does well.

  • Game 2 in the 11th and my apologies to Larry Vanover who did a lousy job yesterday calling balls & strikes. Tonight's home plate umpire is much worse.
    Shame on MLB for letting this nonsense continue. Rob Manfred , get off your duff and take steps to maintain a consistent strike zone.

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