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Cubs roster moves: Cory Mazzoni re-claimed from Dodgers on waivers

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... just two days after they lost him.

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — On Tuesday, I wrote this article about the Dodgers claiming Cory Mazzoni on waivers from the Cubs.

Get me rewrite!

There has to be some grand procedural reason that both teams did this, but I don’t really understand it. Mazzoni’s brief major-league career consists of 14 appearances for the Padres in 2015 and 2017, in which he posted a 17.28 ERA and 2.940 WHIP (yikes). He wasn’t much better in eight spring training appearances for the Cubs this year (9.35 ERA, 2.077 WHIP). His minor-league numbers are middling at best.

The Cubs must see something in him, or they need someone to fill a bullpen slot at Iowa, which is where he’s likely going. He was with the Dodgers long enough for someone to Photoshop him into a Dodgers uniform in his profile (that might be changed by the time you click on that, so I screenshotted it):

As you can see, he was once a pretty highly-regarded draft pick. He was traded to the Padres by the Mets in 2015. One of the reasons for the poor performance is noted in this MLB Trade rumors article:

He’s also not far removed from a significant shoulder surgery that limited him to just two appearances in 2016 and 38 1/3 total innings last year.

Anyway, welcome back, Cory. I suppose it’s possible he throws well enough at Iowa to be one of the “Iowa shuttle” guys. It’s entirely possible as well that both teams did this as some sort of prearrangement and he never left Mesa.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.