The Cubs DFA'd Brian Duensing yesterday, right on the heels of sending Ian Happ to the minors.
Then, Theo said that October really starts in March, just in case you're not getting how important that white flag with the "W" on it will be early this season.
But really, there should be an asterisk on Duensing's DFA notice, because I don't think it means he's not in the org any more.
"The Cubs have 10 days to trade, waive or release Duensing."
And they still owe him $3.5 million for the rest of this year.
Do you think any team is going to want him in a trade, or that he won't clear waivers?
And the Cubs ain't throwing that money away.
He'll end up in Iowa and the Cubs will keep their fingers crossed that he remembers how he did what he did in 2017 to earn the $7 million dollar, 2 year contract. Which was being an effective and reliable left handed bullpen arm.
He just had a crap Spring and the Cubs rightly figure he won't help with the early W's.
If you watched the "game" yesterday (quotes because it was a 24-6 slaughter over the Pads), newly acquired Tim Collins pitched the 5th.
He's 5' 7" tall and a fastball/curveball guy (at least that's what we saw), and he was pretty impressive just going after guys.
A 3-pitch K with the first guy looking, and then flyball and ground outs.
Apparently the Cubs have been thinking about the guy for a long time, and now he'll be in Iowa.
The Cubs were up by a million and the Pads had 6 runs and really, the Cubs bullpen from Collins on out was spectacular.
Which was good because Brad Brach gave up back to back homers followed by back to back walks in the 4th.
Allen Webster, the righty with the 1.50 Spring ERA, gave up nothin'.
And Dillon Maples was in mow-em-down mode with 3 Ks in his inning of work.
Webster's right handedness may keep him in the minors, but Theo says he's been the best of anybody all Spring, so... we'll probably see him later if he doesn't make it out of the gate.
Okay Thursday, hurry up and GET HERE!
It feels like it's been years since real baseball.