The Cubs clearly aren’t afraid to snag players off of waivers this year, today’s waiver claim is 26-year-old right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich from the Orioles. Socolovich has not seen a lot of time with the Orioles this year, but when he has pitched it has been out of the bullpen. The majority of Socolovich’s career, which has been spent with the White Sox, Red Sox, and Orioles, has been in the minor leagues. This was a no brainer move for the Cubs as Socolovich has been outstanding at AAA this year posting a 1.90 ERA, and a 0.904 WHIP. His K/BB ratio has also been tremendous, currently sitting at 3.71.
To make room on the 40 man roster the Cubs DFA’s Blake Lalli. Socolovich was optioned to Iowa after being claimed but should be up with the Cubs sooner than later, most likely on September 1st and should have a real shot to make the team out of Spring training next year.
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