The Cubs announced Friday that they claimed right-handed pitcher Frankie De La Cruz off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. De La Cruz was competing for a spot in the Brewers’ pen this spring. According to reports from Brewers’ camp, GM Doug Melvin tried to slide him through waivers in hopes of sending De La Cruz to Triple-A in order to stretch him out as a starter.
With the addition of Frankie De La Cruz, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players. The 28-year old right handed pitcher was 0-0 in 11 games for the Brewers last season with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP (nine strikeouts and five walks in 13 innings).
At Triple-A Nashville, De La Cruz posted a 7-6 record in 25 games, 23 starts, with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Frankie De La Cruz (given first name, Eulogio) was traded from the Tigers to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera-Dontrelle Willis deal (December 2007).
Chris Bosio is very familiar with De La Cruz after serving as Triple-A Nashville’s pitching coach last season.
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