From the Wire … Cubs Claim OF Cole Gillespie Off Waivers from the Giants

The Cubs claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Gillespie played in three games for the Giants this year before being designated for assignment.

Cole Gillispie spent the previous four seasons in the Arizona system and had his best year in 2010 when he hit .231/.283/.365 with eight doubles and two home runs in 45 games.

In 74 games at Triple-A Fresno this year, Gillespie hit .277/.361/.455 with 11 doubles, two triples and nine home runs.

Cole Gillespie was added to replace the recently traded Scott Hairston on the Cubs’ bench. The right-handed hitting outfielder can play all three spots.

Gillespie is not expected to be added to the active roster until Sunday at the earliest. The Cubs will have to make a roster move to add him to the 25-man roster, likely sending out a reliever. The Cubs are currently carrying 13 pitchers on the active roster.

With the addition of Cole Gillespie, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Cole Gillespie’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • cubtex

    I think this signals that Soriano and probably another outfielder(Schierholtz,) will be moved.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Nope. Look at AAA. There are whispers of BJax going to AA.
      If any moves happen of the outfield Sappelt will either go to AAA or be waived.

      • cubtex

        And Schierholtz is not in lineup tonight vs a righty. Hmmmm

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Schierholtz has been dealing with a nagging injury. I understand it is leg related.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          From Bruce Miles:
          Sveum says Schierholtz will get tomorrow off too. Says he’s banged up.

    • BosephHeyden

      I think for now it just signals that Hoyer likes to claim any outfielder, third baseman, and reliever that gets DFA’d.

  • Bryan

    Interesting last 24 hours for the Braves as they lost all three starting outfielders between Thursday/Friday. Heyward, and both Uptons out with leg injuries…some degree of muscle/hamstring issues. Don’t see that too often.

    • paulcatanese

      Reed Johnson, I agree, in fact he was the last capable right fielder the Cubs have had.
      Shierholtz , Hairston, and Sapplet , have all cost the Cubs with their defense.

      • Bryan

        I sense that the Braves will be seeking OF help during the all-star break. Evan Gattis is expected back soon after a rehab, but he’s not a pure OF either. And Jordan Shaeffer, their 4th OF just got informed that he still has a 4-6 recovery left from ankle injury.

        • Suzy S

          It really seems odd that the Braves , with all that cash tied up in the OF, would be seeking OF help this season.
          The spin they are putting on the injuries is that none of them are that serious. Reed Johnson is defintely capable as a fourth OF. So the most you are looking for is a fourth or fifth OF “talent”. Those guys are a dime a dozen.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Braves OF hurt? It is a blessing in disguise. Both Uptons have been just awful, and Heyward has stunk up the joint with .227 ba and only 21 rbi.

        • daverj

          Depends on the severity of the injuries. If the Braves think that 2 of the 3 will be back shortly after the all-star break, then I doubt they will deal a prospect of value for an outfielder.

          • Ripsnorter1

            They are not hitting a lick now….

      • paulcatanese

        I notice a down vote. Wasn’t saying that Reed should be back with the Cubs, but that the three I mentioned with the diving attempts at balls that should have been played as singles have cost dearly in the outcome of games.
        Right now I don’t think the Cubs have a legitimate right fielder and that should be on the agenda going forward.
        As mentioned before right field is the most difficult to play at Wrigley, and a special person is needed there.

        • triple

          Paul, watching yesterday’s game, I wasn’t so thrilled that Scheirholtz went for the gold and came up short on that ball in RF. Taking a safer line and trying to play that into a single would’ve been much better. But I’ll tell you that when that gapper to left center got through, my immediate thought was that Reed Johnson would’ve made that play.

          As far as RF is concerned, I don’t think Scheirholtz has done too bad at all, but he isn’t playing the position nearly as smoothly as David DeJesus played RF in Wrigley. That said, I think the Cubs would do far better to find a short term replacement for CF instead of RF, and just play DeJesus in right next year. Unfortunately I can’t think of any CF who are capable and willing to sign a 1 or 2 year deal. I know some will want Shin Soo Choo, but I think he’s just gonna be too expensive, too many years, and beginning the downward slope of his career.

          Two guys that may be available at somewhat of a “budget,” that is if the A’s don’t pick up each’s last option years are Coco Crisp (has played for Epstein before), and Chris Young. I know they don’t seem like great options, but Young may need to sign a one year contract to prove that he still belongs in the major leagues, and he will provide good defense at the least. With Crisp, I’m sure he’d want at least a 2 year deal (maybe team option for a third), but can provide a veteran presence to the young guys who will be coming up in the next couple of years.

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