From the Wire … Cubs Claim Mat Gamel Off Waivers from the Brewers

The Cubs announced on Thursday that they claimed infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Gamel has missed all of last season with a torn ACL after having his 2012 season cut short with the same injury. Gamel played in just 21 games in 2012 and put together a .246/.293/.348 line.

The Cubs did not announce the corresponding roster move to add Mat Gamel to the 40-man roster. According to Bruce Miles, Gamel was transferred to the 60-day DL. So for now, the Cubs will not have to make a 40-man roster move to clear a spot for Mat Gamel.

The Brewers selected the 28-year old in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. Mat Gamel has played first and third base as well as outfield in the majors.

The lefty hitting, right handed throwing Gamel put together a .229/.305/.367 line in 106 big league games with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and a .671 OPS.

Gamel was once considered a top prospect in the Brewers’ system before injuries derailed his career. Gamel’s last full season was in 2011 when he hit .310/.372/.540/.912 with 29 doubles and 28 home runs in 128 games with Triple-A Nashville.

Mat Gamel is arbitration eligible for the 2014 season.

Mat Gamel’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Like this move. Very low risk and gives them insurance at the big league and AAA levels. Might be a stretch to put him at 3B as he’s an absolute butcher there.

    • Rational Logic

      Agree, how can this be a bad move? Its all upside…pretty sure a lot of people thought Maholm, Feldman, and Gregg were all worthless pickups, too. Point being, how can you judge the move before knowing the payoff?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Matt Gamel….he’s another Brian Bogusevic with less power,
    less BA, and less speed, and less of a throwing arm.

    • cubtex

      Another Lefthand hitting guy who’s best position is 1st base? Rizzo, Vogelbach in minors and now Gamel? Maybe they will deal Rizzo!!! Lol. Theo is loving these these WalMart Bargain Clearance pickups.

      • Ripsnorter1

        NOT WALMART.

        The quality is not that high.

        More like rummage sale players.

        • TheWrongGuy

          K-Mart blue light specials.

    • coachdon

      But Rip, look on the bright side…it’s been weeks since our FO acquired a severely injured player. Training staff was getting bored…

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’d say he has more power. That’s just me.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Let’s dig up the stats, Grey, and find out for sure….

        Bogusevic: .236 BA….313…370 slug career…
        Gamel: .229 BA….305 OBP….367 slug

        See?

        LOL

        It’s all pathetic.

        Let’s check the splits vs LHP:
        Bogusevic: .147 BA (HORRIBLE)….206 OBP….200 slug in 95 AB
        Gamel: .267 BA (SHOCK!!)….313 OBP….378 in only 45 AB
        Both SCREAM platoon or AAAA players.

        Coach Don is right: he’ll keep the trainers busy. : )

        • 07GreyDigger

          ARGH! Overreacting to a guy who may not even make the team! GRUMBLE GRUMBLE! :)

        • Tony_Hall

          I would think you would like the upside of Gamel. He has showed power in the minors (28 HR’s in 493 AB’s in 2011 – 540 SLG) and he has only 240 AB”s in the majors, that you are getting your stats from to say he is no good.

          • Ripsnorter1

            He hit well in the PCL. The PCL is famous for hitting stats inflation.

            He looks to have a better bat than Dave Sappelt.
            He doesn’t look like a difference maker.

          • Tony_Hall

            Of course he is not a difference maker, he was a waiver wire pick up because the Brewers don’t have room on the 40 man to see if he is healthy enough for 2014, the Cubs do.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Gamel could have ridden the 60 day DL in
            Milwaukee just as easily as he can in Chicago.

            This is Milwaukee admitting that he’s not one of the
            top 40 players in their system. It is also a statement
            from Milwaukee that they have given up on him ever
            making the ML grade. Otherwise you let him ride the
            60 day DL.

          • Tony_Hall

            60 Day DL ends 5 days after the World Series, but you don’t have to wait til then to get your roster cleared. The Cubs have plenty of spots right now to carry Gamel and really not many Rule 5 guys to add this year.

  • paulcatanese

    Sveum signed by the Royals as a coach.
    Gamel, signed and put on the 60 day DL. C’mon guys, this is starting all over again, how many times is this going to happen?

    • BosephHeyden

      I’m interested to see if Sveum makes any sort of an impact with the Royals. I also find it very telling he’s not with the team in any sort of offensive coaching position, since he was hired by the Cubs supposedly for his latest body of work as Milwaukee’s hitting coach.

      • cubtex

        who would you listen to? George Brett or Dale Sveum? lol

  • cubtex

    Have you seen the 40 man roster lately? Look at the outfielders and infielders. Talk about a breeding ground for AAAA players. Ugghhh!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Girardi will look at that roster, and with his sharp mind,
      he’ll say to himself, “That’s an up and coming team. I want
      to be a part of that.”

      NOT!

      LOL

      • Tony_Hall

        I think Girardi is a whole lot smarter than that, and has looked at the prospect list and seen who this team has coming up to the big leagues soon. The power you so covet, is on its way.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I covet the power. BRING IT ON!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Say “goodbye” to Brad Nelson…

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes as he was insurance for Rizzo and his contract was up. Also its a good move against our Divisional opponent Milwaukee as they struggled most of the season at first base. He can play 3B and some LF as well as 1B, so some versatility at Iowa.

  • Tony_Hall

    Zero downside move, unless you are concerned about losing Boscan, Mcdonald, or Neal.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Not concerned about McDonald or Neal. We are so short at C we need
      Koyie Hill back.

      • Tony_Hall

        Navarro would be good to get to come back, but if not another backup veteran catcher on a 1 year deal should be enough.

        Rafael Lopez should move up to AAA next year and Chadd Krist should move up to AA, with Wilson Contreras in Daytona. The catching is starting to lineup with guys who can either be the backup or in Contreras’s case a future starter.

    • coachdon

      I am more concerned that he takes a spot on the 40 man that could have been had by one of our minor league guys with a future…one that will now be exposed to the rule 5 draft. Guys like Gamel are a dime a dozen and can be had later in the offseason.

      • Tony_Hall

        My guess here is you haven’t researched who needs to be protected. This shouldn’t be that big of a deal this year.

        Alcantara is the only sure thing that needs to be added.

        Ha could be, but he is a dime a dozen player.

        Rosscup is the other one, but has already been added.

        Other names you hear, are either too far away for a team to take (or for the Cubs to protect) or are just not that good of major league prospects, but might be good minor league players.

        We have Gregg, Baker, Guerrier, Navarro, and Sweeney coming off the roster, so at this point in the off-season, we have 40 man roster spots.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Why the Reds won’t win, by Mike Petriello

    “Reds fans should be terrified about Dusty Baker’s usage — or lack thereof — of closer Aroldis Chapman, as well as his infuriating bunting tendencies, but the biggest reason the Reds won’t go all the way is that they have been unable to beat the best teams this year. Cincinnati fattened up on lousy teams like the Cubs, whom they beat 14 of 19 times, and went 55-30 against teams under .500.

    Good teams are supposed to do that, but they’re supposed to be able to beat their own class, too, and the Reds are the only NL playoff team with a losing record against teams above .500 — finishing with a poor 31-39 record against winning opponents.”

    Bunting tendancies? YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!
    Dusty Baker, playoff loser. All of that talent, and he can’t manage it.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Don’t worry. I hear Baker won’t be back, although that gives the Cubs another contender for Girardi’s services…

  • Eugene Debs

    The scrap heap. We live there now. We are the scrap heap.

    • 07GreyDigger

      They can’t make any moves right now so yes, the scrap heap is where you get people at this point in the season.