Anthony Varvaro Waiver Claim Voided
The Cubs waiver claim of RHP Anthony Varvaro has been voided by the MLB Commissioner and he has been returned to the Boston Red Sox, where he will be placed on the BoSox MLB 60-day DL. Varvaro will undergo surgery to repair a torn elbow flexor tendon later this week.
Varvaro was Designated for Assignment by the Red Sox on April 23rd, and was claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers by the Cubs on May 3rd. The Cubs almost immediately placed Varvaro back onto waivers, and the Cubs sent him outright to AAA Iowa on May 8th after Outright Assignment Waivers were secured.
The elbow injury was detected after Varvaro threw a bullpen side-session, at which point the Cubs requested through the MLB Commissioner's office that their waiver claim be voided and that Vavaro be returned to the Red Sox, because he had a pre-existing injury and therefore should not have been placed on Outright Assignmmt Waivers. Varvaro remained inactive on the Iowa Reserve List for two weeks while the matter was under review by MLB.
This is similar to what happened with RHRP Brian Schlitter a few years ago, when the Yankees claimed Schlitter off waivers from the Cubs in January 2011, and then the Phillies subsequently claimed Schlitter off waivers from the Yankees in February 2011, only to find out in Spring Training that Schlitter had a pre-existing elbow injury and needed a UCL elbow ligament transplant (TJS).
The Phillies then contacted the MLB Commissioner and requested that Schlitter be returned to the Cubs, with all previous waiver claims voided. And Schlitter was indeed returned to the Cubs at the end of Spring Training, underwent TJS on the Cubs dime, and spent the balance of the 2011 season on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL. The Cubs also had to return the $50,000 waiver fee they received from the Yankees (although the refund actually was channeled to the Phillies, since the Yankees got their money back in February when Schlitter was claimed off waivers by the Phils).
The Cubs faced a similar-type situation earlier this month, when they wanted to remove RHRP Blake Parker from their MLB 40-man roster to open up a slot for LHRP James Russell. Because Parker was on the AAA Iowa Cubs 7-day DL with right elbow inflammation and was not physically healthy enough to play, he could not be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers at that time. So in order to remove Parker from the MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs had to either recall Parker from his minor league Optional Assignment and place him on their MLB 60-day DL (and pay him a big league salary for at least two months), or release him and then try and re-sign him to a minor league contract (for his minor league split salary). The Cubs chose the latter (although of course Parker had to agree to go along with it), and Parker is now rehabbing his elbow injury at Extended Spring Training in Mesa.
crunch 15 hours 9 min ago (view)
fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv
for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...
bradsbeard 22 hours 40 min ago (view)
I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement.
Hagsag 1 day 32 min ago (view)
AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.
jdrnym 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.
crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
"Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.
Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."
bradsbeard 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.
Arizona Phil 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal.
crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins
...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw
erich081 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.
Hagsag 5 days 11 hours ago (view)
I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.
Charlie 5 days 15 hours ago (view)
Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.
crunch 6 days 8 hours ago (view)
MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago. minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...
i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.
JustSayin' 6 days 9 hours ago (view)
Does anyone know if the minor leaguers are eligible for unemployment compensation once the season would have started? Not in the normal off-season, I know. Spring training is room and board only, I know. But these guys are under contract and not able to play due to COVID 19. They can't legally go play someplace else, even if there were a someplace else to play.
crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)
it probably (maybe) happened before, but i remember this game was so "woah" that they cleared their evening programming in order to show a replay of the game for those that may have missed the day game.
hell of a way to make your mark as a cubs legend.
Charlie 1 week 13 hours ago (view)
I did not realize this. I figured with that game having a DVD for sale they would've hunted this down on other sites!