From the Wire … Cubs Designate Julio Borbon for Assignment

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs designated Julio Borbon for assignment following Friday afternoon’s game against the Dodgers. Borbon’s baserunning blunder in the ninth inning did not sit too well with Dale Sveum, but it is very doubtful that had anything to do with the Cubs’ decision.

The Cubs were already playing with a short bench due to carrying 13 pitchers on the active roster. The Cubs will announce a corresponding roster move on Saturday.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

The Cubs claimed Julio Borbon off waivers from the Rangers on April 19. Borbon has not received regular playing time since coming to the Cubs from Texas.

In 73 games for the Cubs this season, Julio Borbon hit just .200/.282/.276 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and a .558 OPS.

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  • Dorasaga

    The guy can’t hit, is an average to below average (mediocre) fielder, can run but not as great as Campana or Gathright‎… in short, he’s easily replaceable.

    • JimBo_C

      We now have seen why the Rangers cut this guy loose. As a hitter he rarely squares up the ball with his all arms swing and as a fielder the ball doesnt stay in his glove (seen him drop two flyballs and a few on the ground too).

      The team had a better OF candidate on the pitchers mound. Travis Wood hits better than Borbon and with his athletic skills he probably would have better on D too :-)

  • mike1040

    Looked like a ball player, talked like a ball player, walked like a ball player, but sadly ————–wasn’t!
    Seeeee Ya!

  • mike1040

    Looked like a ball player, walked like a ball player, talked like a ball player —————-but sadly, wasn’t!
    Seeeeeeeeee Ya!

  • GaryLeeT

    Take Ransom with you.

  • cubtex

    Soriano 10
    Borbon 7
    Hairston 2

    Those are 19 SB that are now no longer part of the the huge total of 53 total stolen bases on the year. Starlin Castro leads the team in SB with 8. Is this the slowest Cubs team in recent memory? Can anyone reach double digits in steals? Can the team get to 60 SB for the year? Stay tuned!

    • TheWrongGuy

      Maybe the new Great Lake can reach double digits in steals. =)

      • cubtex

        He always has in the minors so hopefully.

    • mike1040

      Julio has the same problem as Campana, you can’t steal 1st base.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    In 1984 & 1989, Cubs had great speed at the top of the order…….hopefully, Theo can see that lead off hitters with speed is needed for a winning club.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    WGN Kaplan sees Castro getting traded after next season. He cites that Castro has not progress in his work ethics and is not a Theo type of player.

    I wonder the same with Rizzo if Vogelbach comes up and is a more power hitter than Rizzo has shown.

    • Theboardrider

      Rizzo will have a long leash. He’s gonna have 25 HR and close to 100 RBI in his 2nd season, alomg with stellar defense. His future looks very bright.

      • Rock

        I agree he will have a long leash but with no protection behind him pitchers aren’t going to pitch to him.

        • Theboardrider

          Help will be along soon. As I said in another thread I believer he’ll be batting 5 hole sooner than later.

    • SirGladiator

      Glad to hear they’re going to trade Castro, sad it took them too long to figure it out. It’s not that he’s bad (obviously he is now, but maybe next year he will get back to being good again) it’s that he has always been SO over-valued that we could get way more for him than he’s worth, and you always want to do that kind of a deal when you have the chance. Sadly, that may no longer be the case by the time they get around to trading him, at which point there may be no point in trading him. Here’s hoping he gets his act together and drives that trade value up where it used to be, so we can get that King’s Ransom that we would’ve gotten if we’d traded him when we should have. Castro is the very first guy we should’ve traded, as part of the rebuilding effort, he could’ve brought back some HUGELY valuable pieces that could be contributing to a World Series run next year.

      • J Daniel

        Disagree with you in that Castro can hit! They have worked with him on selection which has hampered him but if left alone he will get 200 plus hits on a regular basis. Now I know is opb will never be high and he may not cure the mental lapses … Which is why I agree with that he probably will be traded … But he can hit and is very young. Need to be careful.

        • cubtex

          I agree. Castro has done things in this league at his young age that has never been done before. He is a hit machine. He has had 200 hits in a season. He is amongst the all time leaders on hits for his age. He plays a premium position. Does he make mistakes? Of course but he is far more valuable of a building block than anyone on the current roster.

          • J Daniel

            A lot of times fans, and sometimes coaches, get caught up in what the prototype should be or what the player can’t do. MISTKE!!! Would I love for Castro to be better, yes. But he is YOUNG and can hit. Lets hope Almora, Soler, Baez … Can all be up at his age and hit like him!

            I coach, although a different sport, but know this argument all to well. Guess what … Adapt around it and make it work.

            As I said, be careful. There are a lot of SS out there that will get you 120 hits. Let Castro be and he will deliver 200+ hits annually.

  • Theboardrider

    Man, I was a proponent of playing time for him because he has talent. But dang, he just can’t get it together and has dine zero to justify seeing the field more. Sendig him down is overdue. He may go somewhere else and het his act together but oh well. I wonder if he’s a partier or something? He just kind of sucks.

    • mike1040

      He is just so young and has so much potential that I hate to give up on him. He has been working on things and trying to adjust etc. etc. but wow does he have talent. My only complaint about him really is that often he doesn’t have his head in the game. I strongly believe that in time he will mature and become the player he is capable of being. I doubt if he is a “partier”, but who knows. Better men than him have been tempted in that lifestyle. Trade?? Maybe. I think Thoyer would trade their mothers if they make the team better.

      • Theboardrider

        Is he that young? I thought Borbon was around 28-29?

        • mike1040

          Oooops, sorry, I meant Castro.

  • Tom U

    Here’s a look at the logistics of any possible promotions:

    Borbon being DFAed probably had more to do with Iowa finishing their series in Salt Lake and moving on to Tacoma tonight than any on-field blunder. Whoever is taking his place is already moving in the opposite direction.

    Tennessee has just started a 5 game series in Jacksonville, with an off-day on Wednesday. With the team already in Florida, it should be easy to get reinforcements from Daytona.

    Daytona is at home and has an off day on Tuesday.

    Kane Co. is in Clinton until Tuesday. Expect only pitchers who have already been used to move before they return home on Wednesday.

    Boise is in Everett until Sunday, then is on All-Star break. Less than 30 miles from Seattle, location should not deter any promotions.

  • Tom U

    Smokies Radio has just reported Kyle Hendricks being assigned to the AZL Cubs. He will probably work out there until promoted to Iowa in the next few days.

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