4/16 Cubs roster moves
The Cubs made several roster moves Tuesday. Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi were both designated for assignment, and the Cubs claimed Cody Ransom off waivers. Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe will both be in the bullpen Tuesday, taking the place of Takahashi and Rafael Dolis, who was optioned to Iowa on Sunday.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer made the announcement, saying they wanted more experience at the end of the bullpen. Takahashi was considered more of a long man. Loe also gives the Cubs a sinkerball style of pitcher which they didn’t have.
Officially, Loe was added to the roster, Gregg selected, for those keeping track.
Ransom, 37, can help at third base. A career .215 hitter, he also can backup at short if needed.
“Even when [Ian] Stewart comes back, we need someone who can hit right-handed [pitching],” Hoyer said of Ransom. “He’s a good athlete, can play a little bit of shortstop and has had success in his past hitting left-handed pitching.”
Lillibridge was 1-for-24 so far, and Hoyer said it’s too small a sample to judge.
“If you start making decisions based on 12 games, then you’re probably making a lot of bad decisions,” Hoyer said. “We felt the versatility and defense Ransom brings, it’s an upgrade.”
— Carrie Muskat