10/24 Cubs claim Gutierrez

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Twins. Catcher Anthony Recker was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Gutierrez, 26, was originally selected by the Twins in the first round of the 2008 Draft. He has gone 15-20 with a 4.11 ERA in 136 appearances (32 starts) over the last five seasons in the Twins’ Minor League system.  Last season, he was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Triple-A Rochester, striking out 20 and walking three batters over 16 innings. His season ended in mid June because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery in July. Gutierrez resumed throwing earlier this month. Recker was acquired by the Cubs from the Orioles on Aug. 27, and batted .167 in nine games.

— Carrie Muskat



Why do the Cubs continue to get players coming off shoulder injuries? Do they know something I don’t know?

No offense intended Jim but I would have to think the Cubs might not only know something you don’t know but many things you don’t know. I beieve this move is just another low risk additon to the stable, rolling the dice if a YOUNG, FIRST ROUND pick can fully recover over time, possibly contending for a spot on a decimated pitching staff or being used in a trade. We should not be surprised at this point in the Hoystein regime by moves like this.

No offense taken but look at the last few they have taken off the waiver list, ERA’s 4 1/2 or worse and EXPECTING a recovery. 26 is not exactly young anymore and a FORMER First round pick doesn’t mean much. In case you wonder, I have been following the Cubs since 1945 and would like one more World Series before I go :>}

I am not wondering. I disagree about 26 not being young anymore…in today’s new era of baseball if a team takes a low risk gamble on ANY player 26 years of age I believe there would
be at least six years remaining on that player contributing. And all it takes is ONE year of a
major contribution to help a team get to the playoffs. If this kid was signed to a longe term deal then I would certainly question the move. As it is, this is not a move that warrants much, if any criticism.

26 provides plenty of time to take the next step… please see Jose Bautista…. He made some changes and BAM the guy starts hitting 45+ HRs per year…. at the age of 29….. now is that going to happen often? NOPE! but taking a chance on some who is low risk and low cost is a good idea. You keep throwing stuff up against the wall and maybe something will stick….

I have heard a rumor the Cubs may be in hot pursuit of Josh Johnson of the Marlins….. man I hope this has legs and can get done…. that the type of player we need (minus his injury history)

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