When the Cubs announced the waiver claim of Sergio Alcantara from the Tigers earlier Friday, I noted in this article that once the signings of Joc Pederson, Trevor Williams and Andrew Chafin were made official, the Cubs would be one player over the 40-man roster limit and someone would have to be let go.
Late Friday, the Cubs did announce these signings and to make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Max Schrock was designated for assignment.
Schrock was the 13th-round choice by the Nationals in 2015 from South Carolina. The Cubs claimed Schrock on waivers in October from the Cardinals. Schrock’s first MLB home run was hit off Kyle Ryan in a 2020 Cubs win on August 17.
The Cubs are likely hoping Schrock gets through waivers so that he can be stashed at Iowa this season, a “break glass in case of emergency” infielder. BCB’s Tim Huwe told me he thinks Schrock is probably a coin-flip to get through said waivers.
The Cubs are rumored to want to sign another starting pitcher and perhaps another position player before Spring Training begins. In that case they’ll need to drop one or two more players from the 40-man roster. More on that here at BCB tomorrow.