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Cubs Release Phil Coke, Send Anthony Varvaro Back to Red Sox, Re-Sign Blake Parker

Cubs Release Phil Coke, Send Anthony Varvaro Back to Red Sox, Re-Sign Blake Parker

Coke could sign on with another team. Parker is currently rehabbing an arm injury in Arizona.

Chicago Cubs Call Up Mike Baxter, Junior Lake, and Tsuyoshi Wada

Chicago Cubs Call Up Mike Baxter, Junior Lake, and Tsuyoshi Wada

Outfielder-slash-first baseman Mike Baxter is the positional roster replacement for Welington Castillo.

Official: Cubs Trade Welington Castillo to Mariners for Reliever Yoervis Medina

Official: Cubs Trade Welington Castillo to Mariners for Reliever Yoervis Medina

Medina, 26, has been a successful reliever for the Mariners over parts of the past three years. It’s a fair, if unsexy, return for Castillo.

Chicago Cubs Designate Phil Coke for Assignment, Option Brian Schlitter

Chicago Cubs Designate Phil Coke for Assignment, Option Brian Schlitter

Tsuyoshi Wada and Junior Lake would take their spots on the roster.

Brian Schlitter Returns, Matt Szczur to AAA Iowa

Brian Schlitter Returns, Matt Szczur to AAA Iowa

A curious move to bring the Cubs’ pitching staff to a bewildering 14. This will be temporary.

Cubs Add Righty Felipe Paulino on Minor League Deal

Cubs Add Righty Felipe Paulino on Minor League Deal

The 31-year-old has dealt with myriad arm troubles the last few years.

Cubs Get Anthony Varvaro Through Waivers, Outright to Iowa

Cubs Get Anthony Varvaro Through Waivers, Outright to Iowa

Varvaro is an exceptional stash at AAA Iowa, and the Cubs were lucky to get him through.

Chicago Cubs Release Blake Parker

Chicago Cubs Release Blake Parker

The 29-year-old righty did some very good things for the Cubs in 2013, but was dealing with an elbow issue in the early going this year.

Roster Moves: Grimm and Szczur Are Back, Varvaro and Lake Are Out

Roster Moves: Grimm and Szczur Are Back, Varvaro and Lake Are Out

Justin Grimm is back, and the bullpen could use him.

Roster Moves Now Official: Denorfia, Germen, Varvaro, Russell, Parker

Roster Moves Now Official: Denorfia, Germen, Varvaro, Russell, Parker

A new arm in the bullpen, and an outfielder on the DL. (UPDATE: A second arm, and Parker designated for assignment.)

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Sign Lefty Daniel Schlereth

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Sign Lefty Daniel Schlereth

The 28-year-old lefty has been out of the big leagues for a couple years.

Chicago Cubs Claim Righty Anthony Varvaro Off Waivers from Red Sox, DFA Joe Ortiz

Chicago Cubs Claim Righty Anthony Varvaro Off Waivers from Red Sox, DFA Joe Ortiz

Varvaro, 30, was very good with the Braves the last two years, but slumped with the Red Sox in the early going this season.

Roster Move: Junior Lake to Chicago, Brian Schlitter to AAA Iowa

Roster Move: Junior Lake to Chicago, Brian Schlitter to AAA Iowa

The Cubs are back to a more normal 12-man pitching staff.

Official Roster Moves: Russell Added, Alcantara Sent to Iowa, Olt to 60-Day DL

Official Roster Moves: Russell Added, Alcantara Sent to Iowa, Olt to 60-Day DL

The moves for Alcantara and Olt both make a lot of sense.

BOOM: Addison Russell Coming Up Today, Too

BOOM: Addison Russell Coming Up Today, Too

The 21-year-old has been playing second base, and the Cubs are ready to roll with him.

Iowa Cubs Roster Moves Affect Big League Team: Wada, Parker, Cervenka, Villanueva, Teagarden

Iowa Cubs Roster Moves Affect Big League Team: Wada, Parker, Cervenka, Villanueva, Teagarden

Tsuyoshi Wada is getting stretched out, Blake Parker is hurt, and Taylor Teagarden is back. Plus much more at AAA that is relevant to the big league roster.

Roster Moves: Matt Szczur to Iowa, Gonzalez Germen to Chicago, Jacob Turner to 60-Day DL

Roster Moves: Matt Szczur to Iowa, Gonzalez Germen to Chicago, Jacob Turner to 60-Day DL

Germen will bolster the bullpen, while Szczur gets regular starts at Iowa. Turner wasn’t likely to be back before 60 days anyway.

Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt to Disabled List, Chris Denorfia to Chicago

Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt to Disabled List, Chris Denorfia to Chicago

Ramirez may have escaped the worst of it, with the initial diagnosis “shoulder inflammation.”

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