It’s been a busy pre-Thanksgiving Day around baseball, with the Brewers and Padres making a trade, and San Diego also busy in the free-agent market, signing Drew Pomeranz.
Pelham was the Rangers’ 33rd round pick in the 2015 Draft. He’s now 24 and has Pelham 28 saves and a 5.51 ERA (121 earned runs in 197⅔ innings) in 158 career minor league appearances in the Rangers minor league system.
He made 10 big league appearances with Texas in 2018, posting a 7.04 ERA in 7⅔ innings. He didn’t pitch in the major leagues in 2019 and split that season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville, and trust me you don’t want to look at those numbers (click here if you do).
This seems like a move to get a lefty with some talent who the Cubs think might be helped by their Pitch Lab. He also seems like a guy Theo & Co. might want to run through waivers before spring training.
Here is video of Pelham’s first career MLB strikeout vs. the A’s in September 2018 on a 97 mile per hour fastball.
With this move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 38.
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