From the Wire … Royals Claim Chris Volstad Off Waivers

According to multiple reports, the Kansas City Royals claimed Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Chris Volstad had a bad year in his one and only season with the Cubs after he was acquired in a deal for Carlos Zambrano from the Marlins last off-season. Volstad spent time in the minors and posted a 3-12 record in 21 games at the big league level with a 6.31 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Volstad’s future with the Cubs was very much in doubt and many felt he would be non-tendered this winter.

Chris Volstad put together a very good spring and earned a spot in the Cubs rotation out of Mesa but Volstad reverted back to his old ways when the games counted. Volstad reportedly did not follow the coaching staff’s game plans and seemingly had ‘one bad inning‘ every time he took the hill.

Chris Volstad’s Page on Baseball-Reference

With Chris Volstad out of the organization, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 36 players.

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  • John G

    I’m devastated by this news.

    • Ripsnorter1


  • Cloycub13

    Keeping tossing out the trashed reclamation projects!

  • Tony_Hall

    I have a hard time believing any team, even the Royals, would make a waiver claim on Volstad.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I thought you said he was your #5 starter for 2013….

      Glad to see him go. Could have been a mop up guy in the bullpen….

      • Tony_Hall

        No, that is not what I said. I said he could be in line for #5 and they way he pitched in August was well in-line for a #5 SP. Obviously the Royals thinks so, if they are going to pay him $3M. And since we need 8-9 SP’s, I would have brought him back (at a much lower salary) to pitch in Iowa. Hopefully he can have success with the Royals, he is still a young pitcher.

        I have said, just today and many times before, that the rotation is Samardzija, Garza, FA, FA, T Wood with Vizcaino ready to take over mid-season after one is traded, and now Cabrera as another possibility to take over if 2 are traded by the trade deadline.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Do you really think Cabrera has enough control to pitch in MLB? And as a starter at that? I know he has good stuff….

          • Tony_Hall

            We will see. I like taking the chance that he can do it, as we are obviously low on guys who can come up and take a rotation spot and be anything more than a #5. He can always go back to the bullpen.

            Low risk/high reward move

  • DWalker

    Good, now no temptation to bring him back as a starter.

  • rick jay

    best news i heard in a few day. Besides Ozzie getting canned.