In the end, the Cubs took the path of least resistance in opening up a spot for newly-signed pitcher Scott Feldman.
Today the Cubs designated up-and-down pitcher Casey Coleman for assignment, which removes him from the 40-man roster. The roster stands at 40 now, with the addition of Feldman.
The Cubs will have 10 days to release, waive, or trade Coleman, who didn’t do much in his limited opportunities with the big club in 2011 and 2012. Coleman, 25, was the Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the year a few years ago, but his stuff never really translated at the big league level, even when working out of the pen.
If the Cubs decide to waive Coleman, and he clears waivers – which seems likely – he could be outrighted to AAA Iowa. There, he might stick in the Iowa rotation and serve as depth if an injury/trade rash should hit the big league club.
I’d still like to see what he could do if given a chance to fully commit to the pen, though. He showed flashes of an almost mid-90s fastball and a solid slider last year, and maybe there’s something there if he settles in as a reliever.
We’ll see what happens to him.