The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Roberto Novoa
off waivers from the Cubs.
Acquired along with 3B Scott Moore
and OF Bo Flowers
from the Tigers in February 2005 in exchange for RHP Kyle Farnsworth
, the 26-year old Novoa spent the entire 2007 on the DL after suffering a fractured shoulder in an off-season car crash.
In his two previous seasons with the Cubs (2005 and 2006), Novoa went 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 115 games (all in relief), allowing 124 hits and 19 HR in 120.2 IP, with 57 BB and 100 K and a 1.50 WHIP.
Because Novoa, Mark Prior
, and Angel Guzman
were on the DL going into the post-season, the Cubs were able to add three players to their post-season roster who were not on their 25-man roster as of 8/31 (Ronny Cedeno
, Kevin Hart
, and Geovany Soto
), but once the Cubs were eliminated, there was no further need to keep Novoa on the DL.
Players on the 60-day DL do not have to be placed back onto the 40-man roster until rosters are frozen on 11-20, but wth 2+169 of accumulated MLB service time, Novoa will almost certainly qualify as a "Super Two" for salary arbitration purposes, and so he probably would have been non-tendered by the Cubs on 12/12. And because he is eligible to be a Six-Year Minor League FA, even if he had cleared waivers today, he probably would have refused his outright assignment to the minors and would have opted for free-agency instead. So this way, the Cubs get $20,000 instead of nothing.
Novoa joins a host of other "refugees" from the Cubs who are now in the Orioles organization, including (among others) RHPs Francis Beltran
, Chadd Blasko
, Rocky Cherry
, and Jon Leicester
, IF-OF Freddie Bynum
, OFs Jason Dubois
, Jason Fransz
, Luis Montanez
, and Corey Patterson
, 3B Scott Moore
, and 1B Brandon Sing
, former Cubs President Andy McPhail, and ex-Cubs Scouting Director John Stockstill.
Also, Orioles manager Dave Trembley and bullpen coach Alan Dunn are former coaches in the Cubs minor league system, and ex-Cubs RHP Kennie Steenstra
is pitching coach at the Orioles Delmarva club in the South Atlantic League.