Yanks Claim Schlitter Off Waivers


MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that the Yankees have claimed RHP Brian Schlitter off waivers. The 25-year old Schlitter was dropped from the Cubs 40-man roster to make room for recently-signed free-agent Kerry Wood.


Schlitter will be reunited with former Cub (and current Yankee) Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild in New York. It's very possible that Rothschild recommended Schlitter to the Yankees, or at least was consulted before the Yankees made the claim.


A Chicagoland native, Schlitter was born in Oak Park, and attended Maine South HS in Park Ridge. He was selected by the Phillies in the 16th round of the 2007 Rule 4 Draft out of the College of Charleston, and was acquired by the Cubs from the Phillies for LHP Scott Eyre in August 2008.


Schlitter was the Iowa Cubs closer the first half of the 2010 season, and went a combined 2-1 with 13 Saves and a 3.15 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 21/42 BB/K in 45.2 IP (37 Games) over two AAA tours in 2010. He made his MLB debut this past June, going 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA and 2.88 WHIP with 5/7 BB/K in 8.0 IP (7 Games) with the Cubs. He was placed on the 15-day DL for three weeks in July with a "right shoulder impingement," and was optioned to Iowa on August 5th. He was placed on the Iowa Cubs Disabled List with recurring shoulder soreness on August 25th, and was not recalled when MLB Active Lists expanded in September. He was healthy enough to pitch in winter ball for Los Senadores de San Juan in the Puerto Rico Baseball League last month, however, putting up a 4.15 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in four PRBL games.


The MLB office was closed from December 24th through January 2nd because of the NYC snowstorm (the office ordinarily would have been open Monday through Thursday between the recent Christmas and New Year's holidays), so clubs who would normally have had to make roster moves involving waivers last week were given an extension that ended today. That's why Joe Martinez (Designated for Assignment by the Pirates on 12-22-2010) and Wil Ledezma (DFA'd by the Pirates on 12-23-2010) did not need to be traded or outrighted until today's deadline, and that's why the Cubs were able to wait until this week to make a move to open up a roster slot for Kerry Wood.

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wonder what role Larry R had in the Yankees making this move.

in another 10 years he'll be old enough to play for the yankees. they're taking over SF's role for baseball's old folks home.

Oh Schlit!

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit. Ive never been relaxed enough around anyone to say that before.

I think Im gonna pick you out a nice thermos.

That is a great....great reference!!!

Some White Sox fans impersonating Cubs fans apparently

http://withleather.uproxx.com/2011/01/angry-c...

"I sometimes bump into things. Crowds are the worst.”

Good thing you're a Sox fan then.

Someone posted about this when it happened.

No YOU are soxn, RN. Ha I've always wanted to come up with the ultimate insult for you. :-)

It's probably never a good idea to sign a guy to a $7 million contract who won't fly into town to meet the media, but nonetheless he had this to say:

"I have a little chip on my shoulder," Lee said on a conference call with reporters. "People say I'm old and declining so I want to prove them wrong obviously."

All we had to do last year was tell him he was old and declining? Someone needs to bring a "Hey AramRam, Read www.TheCubReporter.com" sign to the games next year.

He's still very capable of hitting 290, 35 HR and play B+ defense at first base.

capable "35 HR"

Capable yes?
Likely with AL East pitching ?
Not bloody likely.

Be that as it may, I would love to see him have a good year and I think he has it in him.

well ... I don't think he will hit 35 ... but that is a really homer friendly park, and the AL East is one of the most homer friendly divisions (as it relates to parks - Toronto and Yankees Stadium all rank near the top), and the fact that AL East rotations are a bit ... overrated ... (the other four teams are more middle of the pack rotations with some top pitchers than truly great rotations ... certainly some of those teams have the potential to be better) ... and while I doubt Lee hits 35, I don't know if I'd go "not bloody likely" on it. but that's me.

the one that Jose Bautista hit 54 in?

900ish OPS with 25+ HR's, while still unlikely, is possible if he is recovered from his thumb injury. Of course, he'll just come down with something else.

On a 1-year deal though, decent enough move for the O's.

Jacos Virtual Casino now open

over under on DLee hr's next year-----

28

(virtual dollars only)

did you mean virtual hr or irl??

DLEE 2011:
.288/.363/.445, 22 HR, 86 RBI....misses 25 games from neck injury.

What...too exact? =P

Under

272/341/414

21 Homers/ 68 RBI's

Ends up missing times with wrist/Hand and a hamstring issue.

Write that down!!!!!

under on the HR's since he's only done it once since 2005

Don't forget how many times in the past two years DLee's neck KO'd him, so improving his thumb isn't going to fix all his problems.

Ko'd him for a few days at a time but didn't hurt his production much, still put up a .972 OPS in 2009.

Thumb problem last year though was much worse, clearly fucked up his swing.

he also seems to be on the bret saberhagen odd years career path.

He missed time for his neck in 2010 as well.

I know, my point being it's not something that hurt his hitting when he played, just as long as he took a couple days off here and there, at least not in 2009.

The thumb injury he tried to play through and suffered and required surgery this offseason.

Yeah, I had him hit .303 with 37 HR's and defense rated at B+, of course that was in MLB 2K10 on the Wii.

He's still very capable of hitting 290, 35 HR and play B+ defense at first base.

If you're talking about ARam, I agree :>)

I love Aram still. He's got a great swing

All we had to do last year was tell him he was old and declining?

Cubs probably should have told him to sit on the disabled list.

2009 was so bad for Lee, that BR.com even took it off its site.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/l...

I'm sure this will get changed before anyone clicks on it, but it's missing all of his 2010

Probably not Grace or Sutcliffe

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/...

Moreland. He's a Texas boy but he is good. And a great sense of humuor. He's the color guy out here for Texas college.

Haha, "Texas college".

I think they call them the Longhorns, RN.

I vote for Zonk too.

He's OK, but I vastly prefer Moreland.

ya he's good RN. Even though I prefer Zonk.

As long as it is old # 6.

just FYI I hear him all the time out here and of course he has no cubbiness. Central Texas boy all the way.But he is fun and no dope. By no cubbiness I mean he is not a homer. So I like that.

The Cubs/WGN do not like their guys dissing the product. Unless, of course, you are a living legend like Harry was.

I have not heard Zonk much, but almost anything will be an upgrade from Ron's last five-six years, may he R.I.P.

I would just like Sutcliff or Bill Murray. Especially this year.

Yeah, Bill F-in' Murray.

Sutcliffe is awful. It's all about him.

Moreland has a easy back style that's perfect for the radio, he's not critical like Brenly, but he will explain out the play better.

From Miles:

Would you give up Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer and Robinson Chirinos to get Matt Garza. The Cubs are getting set to do just that, I've learned this morning. An announcement is not imminent for several reasons (physical exams, for one), but that is the package (based on several conversations with reliable sources I've had last night and early this morning) the Cubs will to give up to get what they believe is a No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher. I've also learned there may be additional parts to the deal for each team.

I hope we get at least one tube of KY back in the deal - yikes.

Bruce Levine just on the radio. Says a Garza deal is imminent.

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    Arizona Phil 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

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    Arizona Phil 3 hours 32 min ago view
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    The E-Man 4 hours 15 min ago view
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    Hagsag 9 hours 49 sec ago view
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    Hagsag 9 hours 1 min ago view
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    Eric S 18 hours 43 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 21 hours 40 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 21 hours 53 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 hours 2 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 22 hours 7 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 22 hours 25 min ago view
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    johann 23 hours 1 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 23 hours 19 min ago view