There's been no confirmation of this move by the Cubs, but they have reportedly added a lefthanded reliever to the 40-man roster Tuesday:
Cubs claim Mike Kickham off waivers, clearing roster spot for Peavy. #sfgiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 23, 2014
Schulman is the Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kickham made 14 appearances (three starts) for the Giants in 2013 and 2014, and to be charitable, wasn't very good. All told in the major leagues he's thrown 30⅓ innings and allowed 54 (!) hits and 11 walks for a 2.143 WHIP and 10.98 ERA. That's pretty much awful. He was the Giants' sixth-round pick out of Missouri State in 2010 and posted reasonable numbers in the Giants' system, mostly as a starter.
To make room for Kickham on the 40-man roster, the Cubs waived Ryan Lavarnway, who was quickly claimed by the Baltimore Orioles. That might be one of the shortest Cubs careers ever -- four days, as he had been claimed by the Cubs December 19. And that's just two weeks after he was waived by the Red Sox and claimed by the Dodgers, so his offseason odyssey might not be over.
Kickham turned 26 eleven days ago and is lefthanded. Perhaps the Cubs feel Chris Bosio can perform some pitching-coach magic on him. In any case, this now reduces the number of catchers on the 40-man roster to four.
Finally, as I was just about to wrap up writing this the news came across Twitter that the Cubs have waived yet another player whose Cub tenure totals four days, Shane Peterson:
#Brewers claim OF Shane Peterson off waivers from the Cubs. With his addition, the 40-man roster is at capacity.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 23, 2014
While McCalvy notes that the Brewers' 40-man roster is full, subtracting two players and adding one today leaves one open spot on the Cubs' 40-man roster. That might mean another addition is coming soon.
For Tim Huwe, who thought the Cubs might make some moves today: You were right. I was wrong. Well spotted.