#Cubs sign RHP Acevedo

The Cubs have signed Minor League free agent right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo to a contract. Acevedo, 25, has spent the last four seasons pitching in the Yankees organization, reaching the Triple-A level for the first time last year and going 1-2 with one save and a 2.31 ERA in 10 relief outings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After starting the season with Class A Tampa, Acevedo pitched at three levels in the Yankees chain in 2015, combining to go 3-4 with three saves and a 2.59 ERA in 41 relief appearances.

Acevedo earned Florida State League mid-season All-Star honors, posting a 1.40 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Tampa.

He was originally signed by the Pirates as an infielder in 2007 before he was converted to a relief pitcher with the Yankees in 2012. Overall, Acevedo is 8-8 with four saves and a 4.00 ERA in 95 professional relief outings.

With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 31.



Just picked up another LH reliever from the Mets, recovering from TJ Surgery. Name of Leathersich

Phil Rogers was given air time on the MLB Network Thursday morning, and he revealed that Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija were seen together the night before somewhere. Rogers made it clear that Shark is on the Cubs radar. My question is `Why?` We have mediocrity on the starting staff now. I thought the goal was to upgrade the Cubs` starting pitching for 2016.

I am sure Theo/Jed know what they are doing, I honestly don’t understand the interest.
Recently we hear that the Cubs are interested in Jackie Bradley Jr, well he was a 40th pick, that should let us all know how valuable that 28th pick may be next June.
4 Years at 70-75 Million is not going to make him a better Pitcher. Bosio might correct some flaws and help him be better. How does management keep Samardizja away from the Media, he always has something to say, interesting or not.
Like most others, hoping for Price and a trade for another starting Pitcher. That would make Hammel the emergency 6th starter and improve the Starting Staff in a huge way.

You are okay with the Cubs paying in the $200 million neighborhood for Price? Doesn`t sound like the Jasper I thought I knew.

Samardzija had success with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. One option would be for him to sign a 1-year deal with Cubs, get back on track, then go back on the free agent market. And he won’t have to be a No. 1 starter for Cubs

Actually Carrie, I am hoping he is a Yankee next year.

A little help, please. Previous blog says we have 5 players to protect (i.e. Vogelbach).
This blog indicates we have 31 players named to our 40 man roster. Both statements are no doubt true, but I do not know how to connect the dots. Second, how can Theo have dinner with Samardzija, for better or worse, without an agent present?

Agents were aware of the situation and gave their approval. That is another huge warning sign.

First, Theo and Jeff can dine whenever they want. No chaperone needed. And yes, there are more than five players who could be picked in the Rule 5 Draft. However, keep in mind that whatever team selects those players has to keep them on the 25-man active roster the entire year. The teams have to decide if they are ML ready

It sounds more like he thinks Theo is a cop and was questioning Samardzija without his attorney present.

Aloha Carrie- I was wondering about this, the draft at the December meetings. I understand that a team that picks a Rule 5 Draftee has to put that person onto their 40-man roster for the year. But is there an option to let that person go after 90days back to the team they were picked from or put on waivers? Thanks as always. Mahalo!

Hey k.g. – Yes there is. After the 90 days they can put him on waivers and if they clear waivers they have to be offered back to the original team at half the cost. Also, Carrie mentioned above that they actually have to remain on the 25-man active roster. But I’m pretty sure a Rule 5 draftee can still be traded and the restrictions will just follow him to the new team. Might be wrong about that last part though.

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