Temporary Cubs Roster Move: Alec Mills Called Up, As Cole Hamels Travels

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Temporary Cubs Roster Move: Alec Mills Called Up, As Cole Hamels Travels

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I was very tempted to write “As Cole Travels” in the title, but I thought Brett might get upset with me. Instead, I’m wasting valuable intro-space on a joke I didn’t make. Do you think he’ll be happier about that? [Brett: Somehow both decisions were bad.]

Earlier today, the Chicago Cubs officially completed a trade for Rangers’ left-hander Cole Hamels, and, as part of that deal, sent swing-man Eddie Butler to the Rangers. Butler, you see, was on the full 25 and 40-man rosters, so including him as part of the deal also served to open up a space for Hamels. HOWEVA, it sounds as though the Cubs new pitcher won’t be here right away:

So with two games to play before Hamels arrives, the Cubs decided to make a (temporary) roster move, calling up pitcher Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa:

Mills, 26, was already on the 40-man roster, so no problems there, and actually hasn’t yet been called up to the big league Cubs (wow – it sure feels like we’ve seen him, given how much attention he’s gotten at times since the Cubs acquired him a couple springs ago). He’ll likely jump into the bullpen over the next couple days and be used only if necessary.

As an I-Cub, Mills has made 19 starts this season with results (4.79 ERA) much worse than his peripherals (4.05 FIP). He doesn’t really strike many batters out (19.3%), but retains some potential back-end starter stuff in the future, though long relief may wind up his only real ticket to the big leagues.

To be sure, this isn’t really his shot, but I suspect it’ll come one day. For now, he’ll hold a roster spot and provide some relief to the Cubs bullpen if necessary, until their reinforcement from Texas rides all the way up to Chicago (or St. Louis, wherever they are).

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami