Monday morning, the Cubs officially announced the acquisition of Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from the Tigers in exchange for Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Via a press release from the team, they also announced that righthanded reliever Dylan Floro had been designated for assignment.
Floro, acquired on waivers from the Rays in January, had been up and down on the Iowa shuttle five different times this year:
May 8: recalled from Iowa
May 10: optioned to Iowa
May 21: recalled from Iowa
May 22: optioned to Iowa
June 5: recalled from Iowa
June 6: optioned to Iowa
June 22: recalled from Iowa
June 26: optioned to Iowa
July 7: recalled from Iowa
July 13: optioned to Iowa
In those five stints, Floro appeared in three games and posted a 6.52 ERA and 1.759 WHIP. Floro has talent, but obviously was just being used by the Cubs as an emergency last man out of the pen. With the acquisition of Wilson, he was deemed unnecessary. Since he was designated for assignment, it’s possible the Cubs might try to acquire a lottery-ticket prospect for him, or perhaps he’ll clear waivers and the team can outright him to Iowa.
With the subtraction of Floro and Candelario from the 40-man roster and the addition of Wilson and Avila, the 40-man is now full.
There will have to be two moves made before Tuesday’s game to make room for Wilson and Avila on the 25-man active roster. My prediction: Justin Grimm and Victor Caratini will be optioned to Iowa, and both will return when rosters expand in September.