The move is more like a promotion than a demotion, and Schwarber’s stay in the bigs was enjoyable and instructive.
Chicago Cubs Transactions
Cubs Announce Draft Signings: Happ, Kellogg, Berg, Brooks, Machin, Headley, Cheek, Williamson, Mastrobuoni, Amendolare
Happ figures to start his career very soon in Arizona, and work up from there. The others are college seniors, presumably ready to get going.
Medina, 26, was the return in the Welington Castillo trade, and he’s got big upside.
Plus an update on the Cubs’ bonus pool situation, which is looking pretty good so far.
It might be but a short visit, but it’s going to be fun. And Schwarber can actually help, too.
It’ll be a short-term stint while the Cubs can use his bat, but still: EEEEEEEEEE!!!
Schlitter provides bullpen depth given the load they’ve seen in recent days.
A switch-hitting infielder and outfielder, Happ was among the best college bats in the draft. Sounds very Cub.
Denorfia will be one of the Cubs’ top right-handed options off of the bench.
No corresponding move is listed yet, but it’s a fair guess that it will be Chris Denorfia finally returning.
The Cubs’ bench and starting positional group will be stretched for a little while, and speculation about broader moves will continue.
Coke could sign on with another team. Parker is currently rehabbing an arm injury in Arizona.
Outfielder-slash-first baseman Mike Baxter is the positional roster replacement for Welington Castillo.
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.
Tsuyoshi Wada and Junior Lake would take their spots on the roster.
A curious move to bring the Cubs’ pitching staff to a bewildering 14. This will be temporary.
The 31-year-old has dealt with myriad arm troubles the last few years.
Varvaro is an exceptional stash at AAA Iowa, and the Cubs were lucky to get him through.
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.
Justin Grimm is back, and the bullpen could use him.