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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.”

Tommy La Stella to the DL, Zac Rosscup Called Up

Tommy La Stella to the DL, Zac Rosscup Called Up

Given the recent bullpen usage, this move actually makes a whole lot of sense.

Justin Grimm to DL with Forearm Inflammation, Brian Schlitter Called Up

Justin Grimm to DL with Forearm Inflammation, Brian Schlitter Called Up

Schlitter is the first guy up, with a need in the pen. Hopefully Grimm’s issue is not serious.

Welcome Back, James Russell: Cubs Sign Lefty to Minor League Deal

Welcome Back, James Russell: Cubs Sign Lefty to Minor League Deal

The allure of Chicago is just too strong. Russell adds to the Cubs’ lefty reliever depth.

Chicago Cubs Release Ryan Sweeney

Chicago Cubs Release Ryan Sweeney

The 30-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment on Sunday.

Cubs Finalize 25-Man Roster: Ryan Sweeney DFA’d

Cubs Finalize 25-Man Roster: Ryan Sweeney DFA’d

Herrera and Szczur make the team.

Lefty Drake Britton Clears Waivers, Outrighted to AAA Iowa

Lefty Drake Britton Clears Waivers, Outrighted to AAA Iowa

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.

Junior Lake, Zac Rosscup, and Brian Schlitter Optioned to AAA Iowa – Roster Clarifying

Junior Lake, Zac Rosscup, and Brian Schlitter Optioned to AAA Iowa – Roster Clarifying

Lake will keep working on his offense at Iowa. Rosscup and Schlitter figure to see time in the bigs at some point this year.

Chicago Cubs Add Lefty Phil Coke to the 40-Man Roster

Chicago Cubs Add Lefty Phil Coke to the 40-Man Roster

In so doing, the Cubs effectively have announced that Coke made the team.

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