Cubs Roster Moves: At Last Tony Barnette Arrives, Rowan Wick Sent to Iowa

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Cubs Roster Moves: At Last Tony Barnette Arrives, Rowan Wick Sent to Iowa

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Although I could gripe about the choice of reliever who was shuffled out today, I have no complaints about righty Tony Barnette finally being added to the big league bullpen.

The 35-year-old righty has been rehabbing a shoulder injury that started popping up in Spring Training, lingered, gave him a setback, and then finally abated. The former Ranger was dominating at Iowa (2.31 ERA, 27.9% K rate, 4.7% BB rate), so it was high time to get him in the mix. The Cubs signed Barnette in the offseason after three very good years in Texas, so it’s going to be nice to have him in the bullpen (well, unless he struggles like other offseason signings … ).

As for Wick, 26, I don’t think there’s much question at this point that he has big league stuff. He’ll just keep refining his craft at Iowa, and the Cubs will keep using him as an up-and-down guy – it kinda stinks for them, but it’s the benefit to the organization of their minor league options.

Good luck to Wick, and good luck to Barnette.



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.