The Cubs announced two roster moves Wednesday. The team claimed LHP Drake Britton off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and to make room for Britton on the 40-man roster, RHP Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment.
With Wednesday’s roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
The Cubs claiming LHP Drake Britton off waivers from Boston should not come as a surprise. The front office has been looking for left-handed relievers and there is a history with Britton. The Cubs’ front office selected Britton in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft when they called the shots for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox designated Drake Britton for assignment on Jan. 30 after signing RHP Alexi Ogando.
Over two seasons and 25 appearances at the big league level, the 25-year old lefty (May 22) has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.93 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 3.00 FIP. Britton has walked nine batters with 21 strikeouts and 26 hits allowed in 27 2/3 innings.
Britton was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 18 appearances for the Sox in 2013. And lefties have hit .238/.333/.310 against him in the majors.
Britton was a starter prior to the 2013 season when he was converted to a reliever. Last year was his first full year pitching out of a bullpen. After a good Spring Training, Britton was sent to Triple-A and struggled. Britton was 2-3 in 45 appearances with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP. Britton allowed 77 hits with 38 walks and 37 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings. Britton did not allow a run and surrendered only five hits in seven appearances, 6 2/3 innings, for the Red Sox last year. Britton walked two batters with four strikeouts.
Drake Britton was added to the Red Sox 40-man roster in November 2011 and is out of minor league options.
The Cubs claimed RHP Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Rangers on Jan. 23. Germen began the off-season on the Mets roster and has been claimed by the Yankees, Rangers and Cubs since December.