The Sixth Cut is the Most Obvious: Rafael Dolis Optioned to Iowa

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Today the Chicago Cubs optioned righty bullpenner Rafael Dolis to Iowa, which I’ve long been expecting. While he was one of four remaining bullpen competitors – together with non-roster invitees Zach Putnam, Cory Wade, and Hisanori Takahashi – he wasn’t blowing anyone away, and he could be freely optioned to Iowa without risking losing him.

The other three will continue to compete for that last spot, and the Cubs will continue to monitor the waiver wire. Dolis will continue to hone his craft at Iowa. For him, he’s got the stuff to be successful – the movement on his sinker, at the speed he throws it, is wonderful – but he still needs to work on his command. He too often looks like he has absolutely no idea where the ball is going.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

14 responses to “The Sixth Cut is the Most Obvious: Rafael Dolis Optioned to Iowa”

  1. Westbound Willie

    I don’t know what the big deal is. Takahashi is getting the last spot because he is a theo signee.


  2. Cubbie Tim

    Did anyone see Dolis’ pick off moves yesterday? Phenomial.

  3. mditka

    i second that JP3 that was hilarious DH

  4. Die hard

    A few minutes ago Phillies released Bentacourt— he still has something left

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      How can someone who never had anything have anything left? Betancourt is and has been a lousy hitter, a horrific fielder and not even a good base-runner: why anybody kept him was one of baseballs bigger mysteries.

      1. Die hard

        But he’s better than we got

        1. DocPeterWimsey

          At what, playing video games? He cannot hit or even field anywhere near as well as anybody on the Cubs roster. (You can take out “Cubs” and put in any of the other 29 teams.)

          1. AB

            If only the Cubs had the wisdom and experience of an MLB veteran in the front office like Dick Tidrow to tell them to go after one of the worst players getting regular playing time in the big leagues the last several years.

            1. DocPeterWimsey

              Yeah, you have to wonder if Betancourt had blackmail material on somebody or multiple somebodies: 2007 was the last time he didn’t post negative WAR in both hitting and fielding!

              1. fromthemitten

                he’s got grit tho