The Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster currently, technically, stands at 39. They are waiting to make the Ian Stewart and Nate Schierholtz signings official, but, when they do, they’ll have a bit of a roster crunch.
But that isn’t stopping them from making moves with that one, technically open spot. Today they added right-handed relief pitcher Sandy Rosario off of waivers from the Red Sox. Rosario, 27, had a few looks with the Marlins over the last few years, but could never stick with the big club. He has decent minor league numbers, and capped it off with an insanely-ridiculous set of stats at AAA last year (1.04 ERA, 0.846 WHIP over 26 innings with 24 K and just 2 non-intentional walks). He’ll get a look in the Cubs’ bullpen if he can stick on their roster throughout the Winter.
Rosario has had an adventurous offseason already – the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from the Marlins back in October, but then traded him to the A’s for pitcher Graham Godfrey. Two days later, the A’s waived him, and the Red Sox picked him back up a few days ago. And now he’s been waived again, and claimed by the Cubs.
Does that mean a bunch of teams like him and want to keep grabbing him, or that no teams really want him and like to keep dumping him?
I kid. Obviously he’s a guy who is good enough that many teams want to keep him on the 40-man roster, but he’s right there on the bubble.