From the Wire … Cubs Claim Frankie De La Cruz Off Waivers from Brewers

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.

Frankie De La Cruz’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • Breeden

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  • Aaron

    For the life of me, I do not understand these moves they’ve made this offseason…NO, wait…I do…it’s because of their own error.

    First of all, they don’t value the prospects they inherited, which is reasonable, but tragic at the same time. I say that, because Hendry and his crew were NOT the best talent evaluators, so that’s understandable. I say it’s tragic, because they let quality go without getting quality back. 

    Colvin and LeMahieu for Stewart and Weathers was a horrible trade. Yes, it’s a high-risk, high-reward sort of trade, with Stewart being the key, but his value was essentially depleted to the level of a Felix Pie, and rumors were the Rockies wanted DeWitt, but were turned down…then he gets DFA’d anyway. 

    If everyone has a chance, I suggest looking at my post from yesterday going through each transaction they’ve made thus far…it just doesn’t make any sense to me what they’ve done thus far.

    De La Cruz is essentially Casey Coleman. Do we need another? 

    What this signing tells me is that they are prepared to send a 40-man pitcher to the Padres as compensation…my guess is probably Mateo or someone like that. Hell, they’ll probably send McNutt for all we know.

    I don’t like the soft-tosser signings/trades: Maholm, Wood, De La Cruz, Lopez, Corpas (now…post TJ, he sits high 80′s)…Lendy Castillo (who also might go to the Padres as compensation) is the only acquisition they’ve had that throws mid-90′s. 

    • Ripsnorter1

      Aaron,

      Mateo is unlikely to go to the Padres, imo, as compensation for Jethro Bodine, er, Jed Hoyer. The reason is that the Padres know that he is not a ML quality pitcher, he is too old, and no longer a real prospect. We picked up Castillo on the Rule V draft, so if we dealt him, the Padres would have to keep him on the ML roster all year long. He’s unproven and it would be a huge risk for them.  Look for them to take McNutt, a Dolis, or JAMES RUSSELL. 

      Mateo: will be 28 on April 18th. Not a prospect now. He’s only got two pitches: the fastball, and the slider. That’s it. Bullpen arm….maybe. Hasn’t enjoyed a lot of ML success.

      My gut tells me it’s James Russell…..

    • Jeff in Az

      Aaron-

      I agree that at this point the rockies appear to have gotten the upside out of that trade, but we made that trade out of necessity because of the departure of ramirez. Vitters obviously is not ready and baker is not an everyday player. So we had to take a shot. Also, I feel that Colvin is following the career path of Jason Dubois or Matt Murton. Perhaps the Rocky Mountain air will turn colvin into a perrenial allstar but I am prepared to bet against that one.

      Also, I reed your posts top to bottom all the time Aaron and really think you know what you are talking about, and I appreciate the research you put into your posts, but, I don’t think there is any way to validate the “rumor” that the rockies wanted Dewitt. Actually, I think the evidence points to the contrary because if they did want him they surely could have gotten him on a waiver claim after the Cubs DFA’d him.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Don’t forget that “Frankie” had 23 starts in 2011 in AAA Nashville. In other words, he’s been stretched out before……

  • Ripsnorter1

    We shall see how the Bullpen shakes out, but I think it looks like this:

    Marmol
    Wood 
    Miller
    Volstad  (a game-ender, for those extra inning games)
    Corpas 
    Sonnanstine
    Castillo, the Rule V must keep or lose him.

    Starting Five:
    Dempster
    Garza
    Wells
    Samardzija
    Maholm

    I think Jeff Russell is dealt to the Padres for Hoyer.

    • Tony_Hall

      I think Volstad is ahead of Wells and Wells will be the long man, if not traded.  Sonnanstine I see in the minors, along with Corpas to start the year.

      Garza
      Dempster
      Maholm
      Volstad
      Samardzija

      Marmol
      Wood
      Mateo (out of options)
      Russell
      Miller
      Wells
      Castillo

      I just can’t see Russell being the comp.

      Now, I think Sveum likes Dolis, but they don’t want to lose Mateo.  If they can send a low level prospect to the Phillies, they can move Castillo to the minors and create another spot for Dolis.  

  • Ripsnorter1

    All of the sudden, the KC Royals need a starting catcher. And who do you think has one to deal? YOUR CHICAGO CUBS! Yes my friends, Geo Soto could fit in there.

    • Tony_Hall

      This is a good fit, I also read about another team that might be looking, but can’t seem to find it again.

      I believe they will keep Clevenger as the back-up to Soto, as they want Castillo to play everyday. I would reverse that, as Castillo needs to be around the MLB staff everyday.  But then again, the AAA staff is going to have a lot of MLB experience.