From the Wire … Cubs Claim RHP Miguel Socolovich Off Waivers from Orioles, DFA Blake Lalli

According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. To make room on the 40-man roster, Blake Lalli was designated for assignment. The Cubs have only two catchers remaining on the 40-man roster, Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo.

The Cubs optioned Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Iowa.

The Red Sox signed Miguel Socolovich as a free agent in 2004. The 26-year old right hander (July 24, 1986) made his big league this season with the Orioles (July 14, 2012) after being released by the White Sox last winter. Miguel Socolovich did not have a decision in six relief appearances (0-0 with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP, 11 hits, six strikeouts and six walks in 10 1/3 innings).

In 28 games for Triple-A Norfolk this season, Miguel Socolovich posted a 4-0 record with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Socolovich struck out 52 batters, walked 14 and surrendered 33 hits in 52 innings.

Miguel Socolovich’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • coachdon

    I guess consistency is a virtue…

    • paulcatanese

      Who cares anymore? Sign em all.

      • brent carmona

        At least we are not trading away good prospects to fill holes in the bullpen. Can’t hate the idea of taking chances off the scrapheap and see who can help the ballclub next year/s. Sign em all lol!

  • FleaMarketBingo

    just keep stockpiling arms of all flavors and sizes. many of them will turn out to be nothing – but they also cost nothing. one or two of them may perform well enough out of the bullpen to garner a prospect in trade at next year’s deadline. at the very least, they’re a place to allocate innings in 2013 and 2014 which (in case you haven’t heard) will entail 324 games that don’t matter.

    • John_CC

      At the risk of being accused (again) of being some sort Theo lover, I honestly like the approach. Relief pitchers come and go at light speed. Just look around the league at the surprise closers and middle relievers. They come out of nowhere a lot of time.
      Jim Johnson, 29 years old, 38 saves! last year, 9
      Alfredo Aceves, 31 years old, 25 saves, last year 2
      Tom Wilhelmsen, 29 years old, 19 saves, 7 holds, 4W
      Jason Grilli, 36 years old, 27 holds, 71K in 46 IP
      Pedro Strop, 27 years old, 23 holds, 1.46 ERA

      Spending money on free agents or prospects on trades for relief pitchers is one of the dumbest things baseball teams do.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Alfredo Aceves….2-8 record, 4.60 ERA, those 7 blown saves is #2 in MLB behind John Axford of the Brewers. He’s Carlos Marmol in 2011. So bad that the fans want him out.

        Compare him with the top Cubs’ blown saves leaders:
        Shawn Camp….3
        Kerry Wood….2 blown in 8.2 IP
        Marmol…..only 2 blown this year. Incredible, isn’t it?

        Aceves is being given an opportunity this year due to Papelbon moving on to Philadelphia.

        And that’s how it is with saves: you have to be given a chance to earn one before you can earn one.

        • John_CC

          Glad you got my point, Rip.

  • Ripsnorter1

    In case you haven’t heard…the party is over for the Baltimore Orioles. Tampa has them by the throat.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Unfortunately, Blake Lalli was not a ML hitter.

  • Tom U

    I’m just back from work, so I’ll get to some of the things from this and the last thread.

    First of all, thank you to everyone at the CCO for your comments. It’s really great to see that many of you are taking in a minor league game, and your reports have been very helpful.

    Zonk had asked about Chadd Krist in the last thread, and the status of the catching in the system. There is a huge catching void at the top of the system, but hurting matters was the injury to Rafael Lopez. Given the fact that he is 24, the organization wanted to fast track Lopez, hoping to get him as high as Tennessee. Unfortunately, Lopez suffered a concussion which has held his progress back.

    After an impressive showing at Boise, Krist has leveled off a bit in Peoria, currently hitting .248. He’s supposed to be a good receiver with all of the defensive tools, but that hasn’t translated to his caught stealing percentage.

    Boise has a couple of sleepers in Willson Contreras and Carlos Escobar. Contreras is also capable of playing both corner infield and corner outfield positions, and is a clutch hitter. He reminds me of current Cubs coach Jamie Quirk as a player. A 2012 draftee, Escobar is a good defensive catcher who is beginning to find his way at the plate.

    The catching crew in Arizona also bears watching. The most advanced is Canadian Justin Marra, who’s hitting .325. Italian import Alberto Mineo was a lot of raw tools, and just turned 18 a couple of weeks ago. Neftali Rosario was drafted last year and reminds observers of current Cub Welingtion Castillo, and figures to be slow in developing.

    Finally, although this may be just a procedural move for Blake Lalli, as he is already at Iowa, it could spell the end for him at the conclusion of the season. The reports on Lalli is that he is a great teammate, a mentor to younger players, and has the makings of a good minor league coach.

    • Dorasaga

      Tom, I would be bored this season if without you and all fans getting in comments on the future, to say the least.

  • Tom U

    For all fans who remember, the Vancouver Canadians’ left fielder is Dwight Smith Jr.

  • John_CC

    Uh-oh … I can hear it already !!

  • redlarczykg

    I also try to use my leftovers in soup. Very frugal! But mine are not generally 26 to 30 yrs old. I wonder if there’s much meat left on this one?

  • SuzyS.

    Aaron, I left a reply on yesterday’s postgame wrap for you.

  • Cory

    The rangers are spending money since the farm ( not all home grown) has come to be. Not exactly a small market in DFW… Hopefully it works the same way for our beloved cubbies.

  • Aaron

    i saw…and agree…will reply later