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.