Cubs Claim Rays Pitcher off Waivers
The Cubs have claimed 26-year old RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay's 2012 13th round draft pick out of Cal State - Fullerton, Floro spent most of his pro career in the minors as a starting pitcher before moving to the bullpen at AAA Durham in 2016. He made his MLB debut last July and spent 40 days with the Rays (4.20 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 15.0 IP and 12 games), before being optioned back to Durham in August. He was Designated for Assignment by the Rays last Wednesday.
Floro is an extreme ground-ball pitcher and strike-throwing machine (allowing just 9 BB in 50 IP at AAA in 2016) who features a 92-93 MPH sinker and 86-88 MPH cutter/slider combo, and he will likely provide depth as a SP/RP "swing-man" at AAA Iowa in 2017.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 39 (one slot is open), although it is possible that the Cubs will try and outright Floro to the minors right away (once waivers can be secured) since the Cubs have the #30 (last) waiver claim priority and no other MLB club was interested enough in Floro to make a claim. (Floro cannot refuse an Outright Assignment to the minors, and if outrighted he would not be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA until after the 2018 season).
crunch 1 hour 13 min ago (view)
cubs sign tyler olsen to a minor league contract, 650K if he makes the majors.
evidently the cubs are sourcing 2020 players out of that trash can houston was banging on.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
carlos beltran "steps down" from the mets manager job
Jackstraw 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
Both piggy-backing off of CubbyBlue. Or at least I was.
Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
You have done your homework Phil.
Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Some possible price tags for Kris Bryant (but only if he loses his grievance and has two years of club control left):
QuietMan 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Someone's stolen your idea,
Sonicwind75 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
His punishment is having to manage the mets.
Eric S 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Well done! 👏 Astro-isks beats TrashCanGate in my mind.
Eric S 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
Wouldn't be shocked if they did punt this season. Someone is getting moved - it would shock me more if they stay status quo with respect to KB and/or Contreras. Still can't picture them trading Javy
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
I would think the starting point in the discussion of a return package for Kris Bryant would be a young MLB (or near MLB-ready) SP who is both more MLB-ready than Brailyn Marquez and with a higher upside than Adbert Alzolay or Alec Mills, meaning Ian Anderson or Kyle Wright (ATL), Zac Gallen (AZ), Spencer Howard (PHI), or Luis Patino (SD), presuming those teams would have interest in acquiring KB in a trade.
Eric S 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Acuna, Albies and maybe one or two of their high end pitching prospects should seal the deal -- and that's if KB wins his grievance case!
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
"Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Braves' trade negotiations for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant are "expected to be revisited." "
Charlie 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
I'm most curious what happens with Beltran as new Mets managerial hire.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
THE Jason Adam? Man, I don't know where they found the money for that.
Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cubs have signed Jason Adam RHP to a minor league contract.
CubbyBlue 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
The investigation says Astros cheating all through 2017 including the World Series. Then Cora managing Boston for '18. You've read that the deal from MLB with the other teams is "you're not allowed to say anything". God. Not a Dodger fan but that's one royal screwing. Plaschke at LATIMES says, "Seriously, why is it that Commissioner's Trophy still in their Houston offices? Why can't they at least have the decency to give it back? Better yet, the worthless thing should be tossed in a dugout trash can that the Dodgers can bang with a bat."