SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Well, we did actually get to see Edgar Olmos pitch in a Cubs uniform this spring (four appearances, 3⅓ innings, 8.10 ERA), and since his name is just made for puns, let's just say he "olmos" made it to the Cubs' regular-season roster. (Yes, I know he was likely ticketed for Iowa.)
The Orioles have acquired lefty Edgar Olmos from the Cubs, per a Baltimore announcement. Chicago will receive a player to be named later in the swap. Olmos will join just-signed southpaw Zach Phillips in the mix to fill in for injured reliever Brian Matusz. Baltimore gave Johnson a 40-man spot, but will be able to hold onto Olmos without committing to him on the major league roster since he was previously outrighted by Chicago.
The Orioles must have really wanted Olmos, because check out his previous transactions this winter, from his baseball-reference page:
December 4, 2015: Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Seattle Mariners. December 10, 2015: Selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Chicago Cubs. December 23, 2015: Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles.
Hope it works out for them.
This move does not affect the Cubs' 40-man roster as Olmos had previously been designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and was assigned to the Iowa roster on February 16. The Orioles could have claimed him last month; instead, now they'll have to send the Cubs a PTBNL.