The Taking of Pelham Easy As 1-2-3

The Cubs have claimed LHRP Christian Devont'a (C. D.) Pelham off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

The 24 year old 6'6 235 lefty was a 33rd round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of Spartanburg Methodist JC ($40,000 bonus) in 2015 (he was also selected in the 25th round of the 2014 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers but did not sign).

Pelham features a mid-90's (T-98) CT FB and a power slider, but has had control issues throughout his career (kind of like another big lefty reliever the Cubs acquired a few months ago, Brad Wieck), especially in 2019 (40 BB in 32.1 IP split between AA and AAA). 

Pelham was rated one of the Rangers Top 15 prospects by Baseball America post-2018 and he pitched in the Futures Game in July of that year. 

Pelham has no off-season roster restrictions so he can be placed back onto waivers by the Cubs and outrighted to AAA if he were to clear waivers. 

Note that beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off waivers during the off-season (defined as beginning the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and extending up until the first day of Spring Training) back onto waivers again, so the earliest the Cubs can place Pelham back onto waivers (if they choose to do so) is next Wednesday (12/4), and if he is placed back onto waivers next Wednesday the earliest he would clear the waiver wire is a week from Friday (12/6). 

If Pelham were to be outrighted prior to the Rule 5 Draft he would be eligible for selection, but if Pelham makes it through waivers without being claimed ($50,000 waiver price with no roster restrictions), you can be fairly certain that he won't be selected in the Rule 5 Draft a week later ($100,000 draft price with roster restrictions). 

Pelham has two minor league options left and he cannot reject an outright assignment to the minors because he has not been outrighted previously in his career and he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time, and if outrighted he would not be eligible to be a minor league free-agent until post-2021. 

With the addition of Pelham the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 38 (two slots are open). 


Let the Lab go to work on him.

This definitely comes under the heading of "investment opportunity." 

Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

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  • tim815 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    This is also true.

    This year in Triple-A.

    6 ip 1 h 1 bb 1 r 1 er 10 K

    Should have pitched the ninth.


  • crunch 5 hours 14 min ago (view)

    cubs take 2 of game under .500


  • crunch 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    yeah, it pays off for life.

    as a future member of the MLB Players Alumni Association he'll get 50% off as well as other discounts at participating retailers.

    that's money in the bank, yall.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    That is awesome, good for him


  • crunch 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    undrafted, to signed out of indie ball, to 30 year old AAA' the bigs.


  • crunch 7 hours 44 min ago (view)

    nice.  knowledge is good.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Mills to the IL, Tommy Nance a (surprise) call up!

    Surprise because he's already 30 and of the 30 and up minor league crew I thought Robert Stock would be the first man up.

    Makes me wonder... with an older rookie like this, how many good years can you realistically hope for? 3-5? Anyway, congrats to Tommy!


  • tim815 19 hours 45 min ago (view)

    A possible second chance at Blackenhorn.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 17 min ago (view)

    "The team that wins deserves to win" -- Emil Faber


  • crunch 22 hours 33 min ago (view)

    neither team deserved to win that 2nd game...figures that the cubs would blow it, though.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    if you gave me 29 guesses where/if he would land the dodgers would be in the late 20s...surrounded by pretty much every NL team.


  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    on the meh front...

    ESPN reporting Pujols has a deal with the Dodgers.


  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    He's a Child of the Century


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Can't send down a reliever, gonna need all 35 of them.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    i.vargas DFA'd...happ returns.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 59 min ago (view)

    Tyler Suellentrop:
    - 92-95 mph
    - Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98