Lendy Castillo Clears Waivers, Sent to Iowa

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Lendy Castillo Clears Waivers, Sent to Iowa

Chicago Cubs

lendy castillo cubsLast Saturday, the Chicago Cubs finally bit the bullet and designated Lendy Castillo for assignment to make room for Carlos Villanueva on the 40-man roster. Subsequently, the Cubs waived Castillo …

… and he cleared waivers as of today. Whew. So the Cubs don’t lose Castillo, their Rule 5 pick from last year, for whom they went to great lengths to keep through an ugly 2012 season. He was outrighted off the 40-man, and sent to Iowa, where he’s likely to start the year – possibly in the rotation.

You may resume your casual indifference about Castillo, but I’m glad the Cubs were able to hang onto the 23-year-old righty. He’s got a live arm, and definite upside, despite the rough 2012 season. Keep in mind, that was just his third season as a full-time pitcher, after being converted from the infield – and it was his first season above A-ball. He’s got a lot of room for development.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster still stands at 40, and that’s before Scott Hairston is officially added. In other words, another move is still on the horizon.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.