Varvaro is an exceptional stash at AAA Iowa, and the Cubs were lucky to get him through.
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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.
A new arm in the bullpen, and an outfielder on the DL. (UPDATE: A second arm, and Parker designated for assignment.)
The 28-year-old lefty has been out of the big leagues for a couple years.
Varvaro, 30, was very good with the Braves the last two years, but slumped with the Red Sox in the early going this season.
The Cubs are back to a more normal 12-man pitching staff.
The moves for Alcantara and Olt both make a lot of sense.
The 21-year-old has been playing second base, and the Cubs are ready to roll with him.
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.
Germen will bolster the bullpen, while Szczur gets regular starts at Iowa. Turner wasn’t likely to be back before 60 days anyway.
Ramirez may have escaped the worst of it, with the initial diagnosis “shoulder inflammation.”
Given the recent bullpen usage, this move actually makes a whole lot of sense.
Schlitter is the first guy up, with a need in the pen. Hopefully Grimm’s issue is not serious.
The allure of Chicago is just too strong. Russell adds to the Cubs’ lefty reliever depth.
The 30-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment on Sunday.
Herrera and Szczur make the team.
The 25-year-old lefty has upside, so it’s a quality stash at Iowa. It looks like the Cubs will open the season with just one lefty in the bullpen.
Lake will keep working on his offense at Iowa. Rosscup and Schlitter figure to see time in the bigs at some point this year.
In so doing, the Cubs effectively have announced that Coke made the team.