michael bowden cubsPer the Cubs transactions page, the Chicago Cubs have outrighted reliever Michael Bowden to AAA Iowa. Because he’s been outrighted off of the 40-man roster once before (last season), he has the right to decline the assignment to AAA and could instead elect free agency. We’ll see what he does, but I’d tentatively expect him to stay in the organization if the Cubs have expressed a desire to keep him (especially now that Kyuji Fujikawa is out for the year). He does show up on the Iowa Cubs’ roster today as “reassigned.”

(In case you’re wondering, in these situations, the outright is not the end of the process. As you can see on the transactions page, the Cubs outrighted Kameron Loe earlier this month, sending him to AAA Iowa. Because he had a right to refuse, however, the next day he elected free agency. That’s why I’m holding up on stating that Bowden has officially accepted the assignment to Iowa just yet. That said, Bowden had a Major League deal with the Cubs, and Loe had a minor league deal. By electing free agency, Loe would have had a lot less to lose than Bowden.)

You’ll recall that Bowden was caught up in some bad Shawn-Camp-injury-Matt-Garza-return timing a little over a week ago, and the Cubs elected to DFA Bowden when Garza returned from the disabled list because they didn’t yet know about the seriousness of Camp’s injury.

The outright means that Bowden did clear waivers, which is a mixed surprise given the need for cheap relievers out there, but also given his weak peripherals.

(h/t MLBTR)

  • Cedlandrum

    How badly do you think Jed wants to kick Camp in the nuts now?

    • North Side Irish

      No more than the rest of us do.

      • Boogens

        Nicely played!

  • Coldneck

    I think we should all turn the page on Mr. Bowden. He’s a replacement level reliever with meh stuff. No big deal either way. It’s nice to have him in Iowa for depth, but no big deal either way.

  • Kyle

    Oh man, you mean we aren’t going to get IFA space for him?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      (Just making sure folks see that, although I didn’t like the move, I didn’t think he could net an entire IFA slot’s worth of money.)

      • Kyle

        Yeah. I wasn’t making fun of you. I was making fun of a lot of other people. I cast a wide net.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

    Wait a minute, all that outrage over losing Bowden and not a single other team in baseball was willing to give him a roster spot?

  • Bob Johnson

    I for one & maybe only one still have hope for Bowden. Maybe because he was a first round pick for the Red Sox, maybe because he’s an Illinois kid, maybe because he has a good attitude & is a hard worker.

    • Coldneck

      Well, I guess you have to see through his high 80s fastball and mediocre slider.

    • FFP

      Bob you are not alone. But I think this may be more fanboy of me as well (his Red Sox lineage and esp. how we acquired him). Rooting for guys I like is something that comes naturally. That’s kind of what I’m here for.

  • Chad

    Do teams ever do things like picking up a waiver from a team they don’t like? He’s a good player but not someone they really need, but they know the other team would like to keep them? It sounds very petty, and I’d like to think I wouldn’t do it as a GM, but who knows?

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