The Cubs’ roster moves made in recent days are typical of most teams at this time of year — a waiver claim or two, activating guys from the 60-day disabled list, and clearing out room on the roster.
Here’s what the Cubs did through Monday, from a press release from the team:
The Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Jose Rosario from Triple-A Iowa. Additionally, the Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Conor Mullee off waivers from the New York Yankees and today activated him from the 60-day disabled list. Also activated from the 60-day disabled list are right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and infielder Christian Villanueva.
In addition, right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo and catcher Tim Federowicz have also been outrighted to Iowa.
I’d actually think we’ve probably seen the last of Rosscup and Villanueva; at best they could be trade bait.
Mullee was a 24th-round pick of the Yankees in 2010. He pitched in three games for the big-league Yankees in 2016 before hitting the DL in July with what was descibed as “carpal tunnel-like symptoms.” He spent the rest of the year on the 60-day DL after having ulnar nerve compression surgery.
Mullee and Rosario could compete for spots in the 2017 bullpen, or be stashed at Triple-A Iowa for possible bullpen backup.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster, after these additions and the departure of several players due to free agency, stands at 34. There are that many open spots so that the team can protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The deadline for doing that is November 18.
Other important dates coming up soon, or now:
Today is the first day teams can re-sign their own free agents. All teams have a five-day window to do that. After that, November 14 is the day by which players who have received a qualifying offer to accept or reject. Finally, the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is December 2.