It was so brief that you might’ve missed it, but last weekend, the Cubs added lefty Locke St. John to their 40-man roster and then called him up for an outing in Milwaukee. He had some interesting funk in his delivery, and he’s had plenty of success in the minors, but he got hit hard, and did not stick on the roster. Rather than option him to Iowa and keep him on the 40-man roster, the Cubs opted to open up a 40-man spot by DFA’ing him, and subsequently put him on waivers, likely hoping he would clear and they could outright him to Iowa.
Welp, he did not clear. Per multiple reports, St. John was today claimed off of waivers by the New York Mets. So onto their 40-man roster he goes. They can now option him to the minors if they want, or give him a look in their so-far-quite-successful bullpen. The Cubs are kinda loaded in the bullpen at Iowa, to be honest, so none of this is a particularly huge surprise or a particularly huge disappointment.
So end the days of Locke St. John, and his magical name, as a member of the Chicago Cubs. (For now!)