Julio Borbon was designated for assignment by the Rangers last week, they were unable to work out a trade so he was placed on waivers on Wednesday. The Cubs claimed Borbon today, intriguing move considering they already signed Ryan Sweeney, a left-handed hitting outfielder, which is what Borbon is, and now a spot on the 40 man roster needs to be cleared to make room for him. Borbon has also produced, he’s a career .283 hitter having 685 at bats in the Majors, and a career .324 on base percentage. All of these numbers coming at the age of twenty-three to twenty-five, then didn’t play last year, one would think he would be a candidate to be on the active roster given the fact that he is out of minor league options. This also could be the start of something else that is going on, I don’t want to speculate too much but there are simply too many players right now that are on the 40 man roster that are similar to Borbon. The Cubs have Brett Jackson at Iowa, Ryan Sweeney at Iowa, Brian Bogusevic at Iowa, Dave Sappelt in Chicago, and David DeJesus in Chicago. My guess is that he will replace Sappelt on the active roster and Sappelt will hit waivers but that’s just an educated guess at this point.
(UPDATE) Alberto Gonzalez has been DFA’d in a corresponding move to make room for Borbon.
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The Cubs trimmed another number off their camp roster today by outrighting Andy Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa. Sonnanstine, who was signed by the Cubs on December 26 has been particularly bad this spring. The 29-year-old right hander gave up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three. Sonnanstine was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring, he could still help the Cubs out down the road later this season, but that remains to be seen. The move takes Sonnanstine off of the Cubs 40-man roster which now stands at 39 players. The Cubs camp roster is down to 47 players, 21 pitchers, five catchers, and 12 infielders.
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