chang yong limPoor Michael Bowden. The reliever the Cubs picked up last year in the Marlon Byrd trade has been DFA’d so many times by the Cubs that I’ve lost count (I think it’s three, but it might be four). Today, he was DFA’d again, per multiple reports, in favor of Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim, who will head to Chicago and has been added to the 40-man roster.

Lim, 37, has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, and was signed by the Cubs to a minor league deal in December. The contract was a unique, two-year split minor league deal, so I suspect the Cubs needed to see him in the big leagues before the season ended, so they can make a decision about keeping him for 2014. Lim was dominant in Korea and Japan for a number of years, and dominated the minors this year along his rehab path. He put up a 1.61 ERA and 0.896 WHIP over 22.1 innings. He struck out 24 and walked just 7. I’d say it’s very fair to give him a look, and it would be nice to be excited about the possibility of him being a late-inning option going into 2014.

That excitement was probably never going to emerge for Bowden, who’ll now head back to waiver limbo. Presumably he’ll clear, and then will have a decision about his future (i.e., returning to the Cubs on a minor league deal, or heading out for another opportunity). Bowden had a 4.30 ERA this year with the Cubs, together with a 5.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9.

  • King Jeff

    I really like Lim’s stuff. I think he’s got a shot to be a really good setup guy for this team next year if he can stay healthy.

  • CubFan Paul

    Bowden servered his purpose early in the season, now its time for upside and the 2014 auditions. I like it.

    • Eternal Pessimist

      …you were between “served” his purpose and “severed” his purpose…which is just about right.

      • Featherstone

        I think that’s going out on a Lim

        I’ll show myself out now….

  • ssckelley

    Other than a couple of really bad outings Bowden has been solid and I hope he clear waivers and stays in the organization.

    • Eternal Pessimist

      Weak stuff, terrible BB:SO, weak everything else, and lots of relief arms on our minor league rosters. Guess they could try to stash him if he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench a whole lot more.

  • Soda Popinski

    With all of our bullpen woes this year, it’s easy to forget about this young man and Fujikawa. We’ve got some young arms coming, too. Next year our pen is looking a lot, lot better.

    • Featherstone

      37 isn’t really young, but he could be a good reliever for a few more years.

      • Soda Popinski

        Touche, sir.

      • lukers63

        Fujikawa is only 33, Lim is 37

  • forlines

    It will be nice to see if Lin can work some late innings in 14′. Seems like he can still be a beast, regardless of his age.

    Never was big on Bowden, but I hope we can find a way to keep him in the org. as well.

  • Cizzle

    It begs the question: With the influx of arms into the Bullpen next year, will Dale learn how to properly manage them?

  • Jason

    Is it too early for some “Limsanity”?

  • Koyie Hill Sucks

    This is such a great move, a 37 year old coming back from Tommy John surgery. Yay!!

    It’s funny the things people on here get excited over…

    • TWC

      It’s stupid the things people on here get cynical about…

    • King Jeff

      It’s funny the things people get criticized for on here….

    • Corey

      Yup, ignore his performance and focus only on age. Only way to run a club.

      *rolls eyes*

      • Koyie Hill Sucks

        Right because that’s what I said…

        I guess I’m a debbie downer for not getting excited over a pitcher returning from TJS who will be 40 by the time the cubs contend(a big if)…

        • Hookers or Cake

          Ah yes the old, “We aren’t going to contend so I don’t care, but I still care enough to go onto the internet find a forum and piss on everyone and everything” syndrome.

    • King Jeff

      He throws mid 90s, has a sidearm delivery, and throws a nasty slider and splitter. Yeah, I’m excited to see what he can do.

      • Soda Popinski

        Me too.

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    • jon

      Juxtaposed against the headline, that article was really a letdown. All Mooney talks about is Brandon Hyde(current Cubs farm and former Marlin Employee), then two sentences about how it’s possible the Cubs have the trade chips to get Stanton in the next couple of years. Thanks for the breaking news Patrick.

  • Justin

    Bowden is not good, so whatever with him. Hopefully Lim is solid. Speaking of Marlon Byrd is there any chance that he is not on PED’s again this yr.? He’s having a career year, and coming off a PED suspension during a career worst year. That dude must have the latest masking agent. Wow..

  • Jason

    Old Byrdie majored in Chemistry. Still, one of the friendliest athletes a fan could ever be around. Fundamentally, he does play the game well.

    • baseballet

      No Jason, it was the gluten free diet and Victor Conte’s nutritional supplement pills. Why can’t you understand that!

  • http://bleachenation Sacko

    TJS recovery, are their anymore out there? we seem to pick up a lot of them.
    What did they do back in the day? How many pitchers were there that could’ve been and were done after this injury?

  • #1lahairfan

    He’s had good stuff consistently no matter what his age says. No reason to believe that he can’t be our setup man next year.