From the Wire … Cubs Claim RHP Guillermo Moscoso Off Waivers from Toronto

The Cubs added a reliever to the mix on Wednesday afternoon when they claimed RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. According to multiple reports, Moscoso will compete with Hisanori Takahashi and Cory Wade for the final spot in the bullpen with only four Spring Training games remaining on the schedule.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed Arodys Vizcaino on the 60-day DL. With the two roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 40 players. The team will have to create a spot to add Brent Lillibridge to the roster prior to Sunday’s deadline.

The 29-year old, 6-foot-1, 200-pound right hander has been in the Royals and Blue Jays camps this spring where he has not pitched very well. Guillermo Moscoso is 0-2 this spring in five games, one start, with a 12.86 ERA and a 2.57 (WHIP). In seven innings he has allowed 10 runs on 15 hits, four home runs, with five strikeouts and four walks. The Tigers signed Moscoso as a free agent in 2003.

Moscoso pitched in 23 games for the Rockies last year that included three starts. In 50 innings, he gave up 67 hits, walked 19 batters and struck out 47.

Guillermo Moscoso’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • Tom U

    Moscoso looks like this year’s version of Frankie De La Cruz.

    • calicub

      It looks like the one year he had success in the majors he was mostly starting with Oakland in 2011. Do you think this is their end game?

      • Denver Mike

        One of the only reasons I know Moscoso’s name is because he was on my fantasy team in 2011, and from that very basic statistical perspective he was an amazing value. When I first heard of this signing I was very encouraged. He doesn’t have any major injuries that I am aware of, and his stats over 128 innings in 2011 are pretty favorable while making up 2/3 of his experience at the big league level. Having never seen him pitch I can’t speak to his mechanics or what may have caused his issues in Colorado, but that entire staff was garbage last year so I can’t imagine anyone coming into the game out of that bullpen had much confidence. We all know Oakland is a pitcher-friendly park, and Colorado is by far the worst for pitchers. If he makes the team maybe his stats fall somewhere in between 2011 and 2012, it’s not going to take us to the WS but there are bigger suspects in our pen to be concerned about.

        • calicub

          Thanks Denver Mike. I am never one to ignore park factor, so your analysis certainly encourages me as to this signing. Hopefully he proves servicable, but I’m holding out hope for Takahashi to make the pen out of ST.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Spot on …

    • Ripsnorter1

      That, sir, was a negative comment.

      But of course, the Truth is the Truth.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Why in the world sign this dude?

  • Ripken Boy

    Wow, he really sucks

  • calicub

    Not really a great signing when some one like Otero just became available…

  • Bredstik

    It looks like D.J. LeMahieu didn’t make the Rockies. They optioned him to AAA.

    • 07GreyDigger

      How could this happen?! Cubs lost out big on him with the Stewart deal! (SARCASMMMMMM!)

      • calicub

        I’m sure Theo had a little pep in his step hearing the news, but the Rockies also don’t have a glaring hole in the infield like the Cubs do.

      • triple

        And Tyler Colvin is batting a whopping .167 with a .216 OBP. Struck out 14 times with only 8 hits and 1 RBI… I wonder if he’ll be a starter in the Colorado OF?

        • Ray Ray

          Where’s Casey Weathers? He was supposed to fly into Arizona but he missed that flight as well. Sarcasm!!!!!!!

  • DickPole

    50 IP with 47 K’s and only 19 walks. I think its worth looking at him

  • Tarzan Joe

    Cubs made most money of any team in 2012 according to Forbes. 32M profit. 5th highest tix price in baseball at avg of $98 plus/game.
    So begins Year 2 of Losing on Purpose.

    • calicub

      With the way the NEW CBA works, if your not going to win it all its better for the org. to lose it all.

      And this year, I’m alright with that. Do you think they’re doing it just to be haphazard and piss you off? NO!

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        And it’s not “losing on purpose.” That comment drives me nuts when I see it. They would prefer to win but they have a plan and it’s not to win a few more games this year when they won’t make the playoffs. The quote from the scout saying Theo was buildig a “monster,” as long as they don’t give in to pressure of playing in a big market refers to people that think like this. If they stick to the plan and “lose on purpose,” we will have one of the best clubs and farm systems in baseball for years to come very soon. Personally I could care less if we break 500 or not if they aren’t going to win it all. Stick to the plan, “lose on purpose.” Lol, big picture…

  • Ray Ray

    Neil, to clear another roster spot on 40 man, do you think they will 60 day DL Scott Baker as well? Brooks Raley is also another one who can be dropped.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I do, I think Baker will be placed on the 60-day. They can always create a spot for Takahashi by placing Moscoso back on waivers.

      I don’t think they are ready to give up on Raley yet. While he could pass through, you never know.

      • Ray Ray

        Yep. Moscoso will probably be put back on waivers at some point. I think Raley would pass but you never know. Thanks for getting back to me.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re more than welcome. He could, you just never know.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I wonder what Casey Coleman has to say about this.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      This is going to come off different than intended, but maybe Coleman should have taken advantage of the other opportunities he had. Maybe a long relief role will work out for him. I have always liked Coleman, he just could not throw enough strikes.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Oh, I agree with you. I am not a Casey-Coleman-should-have-made-the-team guy. He had ample opportunity to show us that he cannot throw strikes or be an effective ML pitcher. But he did pitch better than this Moscoso this ST.

        And don’t forget: Mr. Coleman was crying to the reporter after being cut that he would have made the staff on several organizations after the ST he had. So here comes Moscoso and wham! he’s on the 40 man when Coleman isn’t. I think a savvy reporter should ask for Mr. Coleman’s opinion.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Neil, what do you think of all these prospects the Mets may be willing to give up? I read where they have a plethora of good young guys that they don’t have options for and are goin to have to trade some of them, possibly for prospects that aren’t as good but have options. Anybody we could pick up?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I did not see the list, sorry. Do you have the names?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        From Cnnsi.com…

        Though their spring has been mostly quiet, the Mets may be making some noise soon. In desperate need of clearing several spots, the Mets have put out word to other teams that they are interested in moving non-core prospects on the 40-man roster. Among those available via trade: Gonzalez Germen, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Cesar Puello, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles. Assuming Omar Quintanilla takes the 40-man roster spot vacated by Brandon Hicks, the Mets still would need to clear at least four 40-man spots: for Aaron Laffey, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison. If Mets officials are unable to trade prospects on the 40-man roster for other teams’ farmhands not on the 40, they will have to start placing them through waivers at the end of the week to clear spots.

        • Bredstik

          Angels acquired RHP Elvin Ramirez from the Mets for cash considerations.

          Ramirez, 25, appeared in 20 games for the Mets in 2012, posting a 5.48 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. He also had a 2.13 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 55 minor league innings

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