The Cubs, always looking for relief help, added one more Tuesday:
#Cubs claim RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from Rays. 40-man now at 39— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) January 17, 2017
Dylan Floro was the Rays’ 13th-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in 2012. He’s spent his entire career in their organization, so it’s fairly safe to assume that Joe Maddon has at least some familiarity with him.
Floro made his major-league debut July 7, 2016 and made 12 appearances for the Rays in relief during July and August. He was sent down in mid-August after posting a 4.20 ERA and 1.867 WHIP. The Rays designated him for assignment last week.
Floro is a ground-ball pitcher who could be helped by the Cubs’ solid infield defense.
It’s four weeks to pitcher-and-catcher report day, but the way Theo & Co. put players through the waiver wire, it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll make it to camp.
As noted above, the Cubs now have just one open spot on the 40-man roster. They are still looking for starting rotation depth; as has been discussed, it wouldn’t totally surprise me if they re-signed Travis Wood.
As always, we await developments.