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Cubs Claim Orioles Reliever C.J. Riefenhauser

The former Rays reliever has been traded twice this winter. Now he moves to the Cubs.

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The Cubs announced today that they have claimed left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. In a related transaction, they designated left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos for assignment.

The full text of the press release is here:

The Chicago Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. To make room for Riefenhauser on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos has been designated for assignment.

Riefenhauser, 26, has spent parts of the last two seasons at the big league level with the Tampa Bay Rays, going 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (14 ER/20.0 IP) in 24 relief appearances. He was acquired by the Seattle Mariners as part of a six- player trade on November 5, 2015 and acquired by the Orioles as part of a three-player deal on December 2, 2015. He was designated for assignment on February 4

With Triple-A Durham last season, Riefenhauser went 4-2 with one save and a 2.86 ERA (11 ER/34.2 IP) in 29 relief appearances. He struck out 34 while walking only seven batters in 34.2 innings pitched, turning in a 0.92 WHIP.

The 6-foot, 195-pound southpaw was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 20th round of the 2010 Draft.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is obviously familiar with Riefenhauser, as he was his first manager when he made his major league debut with the Rays in 2014. Riefenhauser was traded by the Rays to Seattle as part of a deal that sent Nate Karns to the Mariners and brought Danny Farquhar, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison to the Rays. In December, the Mariners sent Riefenhauser to Baltimore for former Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger.

Ironically, the Cubs claimed Olmos from the Mariners in December and then designated him for assignment a week later when he was claimed by the Orioles. Two weeks after that, the Orioles designated Olmos and the Cubs claimed him again.

With these moves, the Cubs 40-man roster remains full at 40.