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Cubs lose Travis Lakins to Orioles on waivers

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One less guy to look at for the relief corps.

Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs acquired Travis Lakins from the Red Sox 10 days ago for a player to be named later or cash considerations. (Usually, a deal structured that way will wind up being “cash considerations.”

The team apparently tried to get Lakins through waivers. They couldn’t:

Lakins posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.414 WHIP for the Red Sox in 16 appearances (three starts) in 2019. He was Boston’s sixth-round pick in 2015 from Ohio State (comparison point: two picks later the Cubs selected David Berg, who has been out of baseball since 2017).

Lakins would have gotten a look for the bullpen in 2020 and, as he has options remaining, could have been a member of the Iowa Shuttle. Instead, he likely has a pretty good shot at making the Orioles’ big-league bullpen.

This claim opens up a spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, so it’s possible the Cubs will try to fill that with another waiver claim or trade. As always, we await developments.