Cubs Roster Moves: Both Anthony Kay and Manny Rodriguez Have Cleared Waivers and Been Outrighted

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Cubs Roster Moves: Both Anthony Kay and Manny Rodriguez Have Cleared Waivers and Been Outrighted

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Per the Chicago Cubs transaction wire tonight, relievers Anthony Kay and Manny Rodriguez were each outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. That means each, who’d previously been designated for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot, was placed on waivers and went unclaimed. Thus, they cleared waivers, and were subsequently outrighted.

The great news here for the Cubs is that, because neither Kay nor Rodriguez has the right to decline the outright assignment, they get to keep these two arms in the system. They will be free agents after 2023 if they aren’t added to the 40-man roster at some point this season, but for now, they remain in the Cubs organization.

More on Kay here, and more on Rodriguez here.

Kay, 27, was a waiver claim from the Blue Jays, where he’d been a quality left-handed starting pitching prospect before being converted to relief the last couple years. He missed most of 2022 with an undisclosed injury, though, and the Cubs may want a little more time to work with him to bring out his best.

Rodriguez, 26, was a breakout relief prospect for the Cubs before 2022, but arm issues sunk the early part of his year, and then when he finally returned late in 2022, he just wasn’t the same guy we’d seen before. Hopefully an offseason to rest and a more normal ramp-up to the season will put him back in a position to succeed.

I expect both relievers will come to Spring Training, theoretically competing for a bullpen job. It’s likely that both head to Iowa to open the season, though, and could be brought back up if and when the team’s needs and their performances justify.



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.