Like we said when the Cubs lost lefty Dario Alvarez on waivers to the Mariners last week, you can’t keep all those borderline-but-talented minor league types when piecing together the 40-man roster at the end of Spring Training, and the Cubs have lost another one:
Today, the Dodgers claimed RHP Cory Mazzoni from the Cubs. Mazzoni will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
To create room on the 40-man roster, Trayce Thompson has been designated for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2018
Mazzoni, 28, was claimed by the Cubs off of waivers from the Padres back during the first week of November. The post from the claim sizes things up, and also pretty much explains why he’s now moving on:
Mazzoni, 28, is a former Mets second round pick (2011) who made his way to the Padres via trade back before the 2015 season. Upon reaching San Diego, he was among the Padres’ top 15 or so prospects (in a good system), before he had to undergo shoulder surgery before the 2016 season. He began reestablishing himself here in 2017, though he managed just 38.1 IP all year.
In any case, given his pedigree and the injury that slowed his development, this could just be an example of the Cubs taking a chance on a former top prospect post-surgery to see what he’s got left.
I think that’s exactly what this was, and they saw enough of Mazzoni to want to hang onto him, but only if they could get him through waivers and off of the 40-man roster. Now the Dodgers will take their chance to see what he has.
Now the Cubs have some 40-man flexibility to make waiver claims of their own in this early part of the year – there are always teams trying to sneak interesting guys through waivers – and also to add any of their non-roster invitees who might be making the bullpen in the next two days …
The 40-man stands at 37.