From the Wire … Cubs Claim OF Thomas Neal Off Waivers from the Yankees

The Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the Yankees on Monday. The Yankees designated Neal for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for Curtis Granderson.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred RHP Rafael Dolis to the 60-day DL.

Thomas Neal is expected to be added to the active roster on Tuesday prior to the start of the three-game series in Philadelphia. The Cubs will have to clear a spot on the 25-man roster to add Neal. The Cubs are expected to send out a reliever and carry 12 pitchers on the active roster.

Thomas Neal has played in 13 games at the big league level over the last two seasons for the Indians and Yankees. Neal has a career line of .206/.270/.235 with one double.

The right-handed hitting outfielder has been very good in the minors this season. In 72 games at the Triple-A level, Thomas Neal hit .325/.391/.411/.802 with 17 doubles and two home runs. Neal can play all three outfield spots.

Neal turns 26 on August 17. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound outfielder was selected by the Giants in the 36th round of the 2005 draft. The Giants dealt him to the Indians for Orlando Cabrera in July of 2011. The Yankees signed Neal six days after the Indians released him last January.

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  • bpot92

    Wow, a couple of people on here called this. Good call by those that had this move right

  • cubtex

    If I am Dave Sappelt…..I am getting ready to pack my bags. At least they are looking at other #4 RH outfielders.

    • J Daniel

      We have seen enough of him, I think. Maybe he never got a full blown chance?

      • cubtex

        I think April was his downfall. He was the RH platoon to start off the year and performed miserably. He had a shot but didn’t take advantage of it. Part of the game. Time to move on.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Agreed

    • 07GreyDigger

      What about Cole Gillespie. Did they have enough of him as well? He had a nice couple of games over the weekend.

      I also checked out Neal’s minor league numbers, he had some decent pop earlier in his career, but none this season. What gives?

      • Shawon O’Meter

        I hope this is the end of Gillespie. That guy is just really not good.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I posted a comment yesterday about Neal he was a highly regarded prospect not to long ago I said I he looked like a Jed and Theo project. And I wondered if they were interested in him.

    • cubtex

      good call.

  • J Daniel

    I know it is a no lose signing but my question is why was he released?

    • Brp921

      You said it, a no lose signing. He’s probably just a 4A player, but we need bodies right now and maybe he can come in and create some temporary excitement and help us win a game or two. Sappelt certainly isn’t going to help.

  • mike1040

    Wow, just what we needed, a 206 hitting outfielder.

    • Brp921

      That’s .206 in 34 major league at bats. He’s hit about .300 in about 2500 at bats in the minors and has done better than that this year. He’s not going to tear up the league but is probably a better option than anybody on our triple A team.

      • TheWrongGuy

        A better option than Sappelt

        • Brp921

          Agreed.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Curtis Granderson came off the DL and Neal despite his high average and obp hasn’t hit a lot of HR. The Yankees are trying to make a run for the playoffs and probably want guys who are major league proven players.

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  • Tony_Hall

    Congrats to former Cubs farm hand Chris Archer on being named the American League Pitcher of the Month…..ironic timing!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Maybe you are one of those fans who would want to trade Starlin Castro for Archer this winter!

      • Brp921

        I’ll just bet you can’t post a link to someone seriously suggesting an Archer/Castro trade.

    • Brp921

      It’s to bad that we lost a pitcher like Archer because of one good season by McNutt. What were our scouts thinking? I can’t say I was for keeping Archer instead of McNutt but I’m not a professional scout with the baseball knowledge being paid to evaluate these guys. I will give credit to the new front office for being better at evaluating minor league prospects than the last. I give Jim Hendry credit for some of the moves he made but the Archer move instead of McNutt was a mistake.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Remember when the Cubs signed Theo and refused to give up McNutt for compensation?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Yankees chose to keep Lillibridge over Neal….tells you allot.

    • bpot92

      Actually he was also DFA’d so they chose to start fresh with both off the roster

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Everyone needs to stop crying over Archer……you need to give up quality to get quality…….now we gave up Garza, and hopefully, the players we got from Texas will make you forget about Archer…………this same thing happen when D. Willis was thrown in a Cubs -Marlins trade……and the rumor back the was the GM never saw Willis pitch or read his scouting report before he was traded………Garza / Archer deal was made by Jim Hendry, not by Theo……so lets move on and look forward the future……and if Archer becomes the next best thing since duck tape, then that is life.

    • Brp921

      That would be duct tape and the regret over the Archer trade was as I recall that the Rays would have accepted Archer or McNutt. That is where the scouts come in and they failed us in that deal.

  • Tom U

    According to Tommy Birch, Iowa Cubs RHP Barret Loux placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain. Third trip to the DL for him this season.

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

      Dang! Tex you have absolutely called it on Loux. I think they ahould grit their teeth, out him under the knife and hope he recovers. He’s got potential to be an ace if e can stay healthy. Go all in with him…

      • 07GreyDigger

        An ace? Really? That’s love. :)

      • cubtex

        It wasn’t a bold prediction unfortunately. He is a ticking time bomb with his shoulder. That is why he wasn’t signed as a 1st round pick our of Texas A&M. It is just a matter of when not if. Boardrider….You don’t want to just cut the shoulder and hope he recovers. Very few are able to come back from the shoulder surgeries. It is not like Tommy John. I doubt we will ever see Loux in a mlb rotation.

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