Here’s a bit of minor Cubs news Tuesday afternoon:
Rangers claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from Cubs.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) November 22, 2016
If you haven’t been following Cubs transactions closely you might ask, “Who?”
David Rollins was claimed by the Cubs off waivers from the Mariners last Friday, November 18, the same day 40-man rosters were finalized for protection from the Rule 5 draft.
Thus Rollins’ Cubs “career” ends after four days, not even making it to Thanksgiving. It did seem as if he might have been a useful piece, at least to stash at Triple-A Iowa, but there are lots of similar pitchers around and there will likely be a few more available after December 2, when players must be tendered contracts for 2017. There’s always an interesting name or two among the non-tenders.
I’m mainly posting this for potential roster discussion. Here’s the Cubs’ 40-man roster. As of the time I posted this, Rollins was still listed on that roster, but after removing him, the 40-man appears to have just 37 players on it. That means the Cubs could be setting themselves up to add a player or two, either by trade or free agency. Or it could mean nothing at all, just another procedural move.
Anyway, there it is, a little Cubs news on an otherwise quiet Tuesday.