On the first day of what figures to be a busy off-season, the Chicago Cubs made three roster moves. The Cubs designated pitchers Justin Berg and Brian Schlitter for assignment and reinstated Carlos Zambrano from the disqualified list. With the three moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players. Justin Berg spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa and posted a 4-1 record with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 27 games, all in relief, for the I-Cubs … Berg did not post a decision with the big league team and in eight relief appearance he posted a 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Berg recently underwent Tommy John Surgery and will not pitch in 2012. The Cubs acquired Berg from the New York Yankees in exchange for Matt Lawton in 2005.
For the second time in 12 months, the Cubs designated Brian Schlitter for assignment. Schlitter was the PTBNL in the deal that sent Scott Eyre to the Phillies in 2008. Schlitter was DFA’d last winter to make room on the 40-man roster for Kerry Wood. Schlitter was returned to the Cubs organization on April 18, placed on 15-day DL and transferred to the 60-day DL on May 24. Schlitter was returned to the organization due to a technicality because an existing injury that was not disclosed. Schlitter spent the entire 2011 season on the shelf.
Carlos Zambrano was placed on the disqualified list on August 13 without pay and was eligible to be reinstated on September 12. Zambrano was paid for the remainder of the season beginning on September 12.
The Carlos Zambrano rumors figure to run rampant this off-season … and they have already begun. Speculation is that Zambrano could end up with the Miami Marlins pitching for his good friend, Ozzie Guillen.
Stay Tuned …