Rangers claim left-hander David Rollins off waivers from the Cubs … 40-Man Roster now stands at 37 players
David Rollins’ tenure with the Cubs lasted less than a week. The Rangers claimed Rollins off waivers from the Cubs on Tuesday. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.
The Cubs claimed lefty reliever David Rollins off waivers from the Mariners on Nov. 18. Rollins was added to the roster just before the deadline for teams to protect players on the 40-man from the Rule 5 Draft. It was believed at the time Rollins was claimed that the front office would try to send him back through waivers in order to keep him in the organization but not on the 40-man for the off-season.
The Rangers claimed Rollins on Tuesday.
David Rollins, 26, spent most of the 2016 season with Triple-A Tacoma, going 5-0 with two saves, a 3.77 ERA (19 earned runs in 45 1/3 innings) in 37 relief appearances. Rollins walked only six batters in 45.1 innings, contributing to a 0.99 WHIP, while limiting opponents to a .236 batting average. The southpaw last season spent big league time with the Mariners for the second year in a row, going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA (eight earned runs in 9 1/3 innings) and 2.03 WHIP in 11 relief outings.
The six-foot-one, 210-pound Rollins was selected by Seattle in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft from Houston but began the 2015 campaign on the restricted list serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He returned to pitch seven scoreless appearances, covering 9.1 innings, with Tacoma before making his big league debut with the Mariners, going 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA (21 earned runs in 25 innings) with a 1.80 WHIP in 20 relief outings in 2015.
Rollins was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th Round of the 2011 Draft out of San Jacinto College. He is 28-16 with six saves, a 3.35 ERA (154 earned runs in 413 1/3 innings) and a 1.16 WHIP in 132 minor league outings, including 64 starts, covering the last six seasons. He is 1-2 with a 7.60 ERA (29 earned runs in 34 1/3 innings) and 1.86 WHIP in 31 relief outings with Seattle the last two years.
David Rollins has two minor league options left.