The story yesterday was the news that the Cubs have claimed Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Blue Jays, who had claimed him off waivers from the Royals earlier this spring. Moscoso has been added to the 40 man roster, with Arodys Vizcaino being placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, which clears the spot for Moscoso.
For those unfamiliar with Moscoso, there is a reason for that. He sucks…or at least he did last year as a bullpen arm. The interesting caveat is that the year before, when his primary role was as a starting pitcher, he was actually quite good. Here is your comparison:
The rumor on Twitter as of this writing is that Cory Wade has been told he will not make this team, which leaves the newly acquired Moscoso to serve as the long man, filling the role Carlos Villanueva was penciled in for or older than dirt left, Hisanori Takahashi. Personally, I think Moscoso offers more flexibility and upside and seems to have the leg up.
Also told they were not a part of the opening day roster were infielder Alberto Gonzalez and pitcher, Zach Putnam. That seems to lend itself to the decision that barring a waiver wire pickup, Steve Clevenger will win the last bench spot.