As Cubs fans, we knew Julio Borbon only too well, and now he's gone:
Julio Borbon designated for assignment by #Cubs. Corresponding move Saturday— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 3, 2013
Borbon was picked up on a waiver claim from the Texas Rangers April 19. Borbon had always played a decent outfield and had decent speed in the Rangers' organization, but had never hit enough to stick in the major leagues. He became a forgotten man at the end of Dale Sveum's bench, starting just 13 times and only once since the All-Star break. No one will much remember his .194/.278/.262 line, although that's a little bit higher after he doubled to lead off the ninth inning Friday off Carlos Marmol.
That led to what will be our final memory of him as a Cub, taking off for third base on a bounced-in Marmol pitch that didn't get far away enough from A.J. Ellis; Ellis threw Borbon out easily at third.
Sums up being a Cubs fan, doesn't it?
Now, go ahead and speculate on the "corresponding roster move." Could it be Matt Szczur? Could the Cubs go ahead and call up Mike Olt and let him start at third base the rest of the year? Olt is 4-for-35 at Iowa since the trade, all singles, with 12 strikeouts. That isn't good.
Or maybe Theo and Jed have another move up their sleeve. Have at it.