The Cubs announced two roster moves Friday involving southpaw relievers.
The Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. To make room for Riefenhauser on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos has been designated for assignment.
With Friday’s moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
C.J. Riefenhauser, 26, has spent parts of the last two seasons at the big league level with the Tampa Bay Rays, going 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (14 earned runs in 20 innings) and a 1.55 WHIP in 24 relief appearances. He was acquired by the Seattle Mariners as part of a six-player trade on November 5, 2015 and acquired by the Orioles as part of a three-player deal on December 2, 2015. Riefenhauser was designated for assignment on February 4.
At the big league level, Riefenhauser has allowed a .306/.405/.611 line to left-handed hitters and a .263/.326/.316 line to right-handers. Last season, Riefenhauser limited righties to a .192/.267/.231 slash line while lefties punished him to the tune of a .370/.452/.778 line with a 1.229 OPS.
With Triple-A Durham last season, Riefenhauser went 4-2 with one save, a 2.86 ERA (11 earned runs in 34 2/3 innings) and a 0.92 WHIP in 29 relief appearances. He struck out 34 while walking only seven batters.
The 6-foot, 195-pound southpaw was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 20th round of the 2010 Draft and obviously has a history with Joe Maddon.
C.J. Riefenhauser was added to the Rays’ 40-man roster in November 2013 and has one minor league option left.
The Cubs designated LHP Edgar Olmos for assignment for the second time this winter. The Cubs picked up Olmos off waiver from the Mariners on Dec. 4. The Orioles claimed Olmos off waivers from the Cubs on Dec. 10 and 13 days later, the Cubs added Olmos back to the roster on a waiver claim from Baltimore.