Ten days ago, Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Cubs, and that's the extent of the DFA period. So we figured to hear something today about his fate, and here it is:
Source: Brewers claim RHP Neil Ramirez off waivers from Cubs.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 31, 2016
Ramirez, who was acquired by the Cubs from the Rangers as part of the Matt Garza trade in 2013, at one time threw 95-plus consistently. Shoulder woes had him spending big parts of the last two years on the disabled list, and he never seemed to get that velocity back. Over the last two seasons, he pitched very little: 20 total innings in 2015 between Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs, six innings in spring training this year, and 7⅔ innings during the 2016 regular season.
He just turned 27 last week, and I suppose there's still a chance he could recover his previous level of performance. The Brewers, a team going nowhere this year, were willing to take that chance. The Cubs don't face the Brewers again until after the All-Star break (July 22-23-24 in Milwaukee); presumably, Ramirez will still be with them then.
I wish Ramirez all the best. For the Cubs, that means Justin Grimm and Carl Edwards Jr. are the remaining pieces in the organization from the Garza deal.