From the Wire … Cubs Call-Up RHP Chang-Yong Lim, DFA Michael Bowden

The Cubs roster shuffle continued on Wednesday. As expected, the Cubs selected the contract of RHP Chang-Yong Lim from Triple-A Iowa and added him to the 40-man and active roster.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated Michael Bowden for assignment.

With the latest two roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players and the team as 32 players on the active roster.

The Cubs signed Chang-Yong Lim to a two-year minor league contract in the off-season. Lim spent the remainder of the winter and the first half of the season rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery at the Cubs complex in Mesa.

Lim appeared in 21 games in the Cubs’ system (Arizona, Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa) and posted a 1.61 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, Lim allowed 13 hits, seven walks and struck out 24 batters.

The Cubs signed the 37-year old veteran reliever for $100,000 that included a clause in his contract that would be worth $5 million if he was added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

Chang-Yong Lim owns a career record of 11-13 in 238 games with the Yakult Swallows of the Japan Central League with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Lim and Kyuji Fujikawa battled one another for the saves title from 2008-2011.

Chang-Yong Lim’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Gee. Someone said earlier that they wouldn’t DFA Michael Bowden this late in the year.. Womp womp.

  • BosephHeyden

    Well, at least they have him for next year. But at this point his purpose is clear: showcase, hope he does well, and move him in the off-season or at the start of next season.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Ladies and Gentlemen…..I would like to introduce you to the new Kevin Gregg……
    Your Closer and Mine……

    MR. Chang-Yong Lim!!!

    (Applause, Applause, Crack of the bat, an announcer saying, “It’s gone! A home run for…..”).

    • paulcatanese

      And 5 million to boot.

  • J Daniel

    Next roster spot needed could be the end for Gregg?

    • cubtex

      they still have Gillespie,McDonald on there too.

      • J Daniel

        shoot, most of them can go … I guess keep Gregg if there are any intentions on trying to resign him which I hope there are not.

        • cubtex

          there are still a lot of players they can remove when the time comes.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Cole Gillespie out Daniel Bard in. The Boston connections.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Except Bowden was a Boston connection and they just DFA’d him.

  • jtrain23

    Maybe I am missing something here, but isn’t this sort of a waste of 5 million dollars. I mean, I get it. They are either trying to showcase his talent or test whether he can pitch in the big leagues, but even if he lights it up, would the return for him in a trade be worth the $490,000 extra? He can’t fit into long term plans either because he is 37 years old. This just seems like a puzzling move to me. Perhaps I am not getting it all though.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I think the key word in the story is worth up to $5 million. So if he was on the team all year and hit certain performance marks, they’d have paid him the max amount. Instead, he played in the minors and made less. I can’t imagine they’d waste $5 million for a month of play.

      • jtrain23

        I hope that’s true. I didn’t click on the link to the original story, just read this story where it says it was worth 5 million if he made the 40 man roster, not up to 5 million.

  • Dorasaga

    I like Lim. He was dominant in Japan when that league was still hitting. Granted, now he’s five years older than I remember of him…