Cubs claim Britton; designate Germen for assignment
The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Drake Britton off waivers from the Red Sox and to make room on the 40-man roster, designated right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen for assignment.
Britton, 25, is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 25 major league relief appearances with the Red Sox covering the last two seasons. He fanned 21 and walked nine in 27.2 big league innings. Britton throws in the low 90s and his best pitch is his slider that he mixes in with his sinking fastball.
Drafted in 2007 out to Tomball High School in Texas in the 23rd round, Britton spent his first six years in the minors as a starter but was switched to the pen when he arrived in Boston. Spending most of 2014 in AAA, Britton made 45 relief appearances but allowed 77 hits in 58.1 innings and had a WHIP near 2.00 as he walked 38 while only fanning 37.
Germen’s stay on the 40-man roster lasted a whole two weeks after the Cubs claimed the righty from Texas. Been an interesting off-season for Germen as he went from the Mets to the Yankees to the Rangers before joining the Cubs. If Germen clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to AAA Iowa.
Watkins done for season
Cubs second baseman Logan Watkins tweeted on Wednesday night he tore his Achilles while working out in Arizona and will miss the 2015 season. “Hard to put into words how sad I am that I won’t be a part of the great season the Cubs are prepared to have.” Watkins was on the 40-man roster but was designated for assignment after the trade for Tommy LaStella. Watkins cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa, hoping to work his way back into the big leagues.
Cubs announce Spring Broadcast Schedule
Nearly every Chicago Cubs Spring Training game will be available to Cubs fans via television, radio or internet radio broadcast as the club announced its 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule. The schedule features 10 games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (seven by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and three by WGN-TV), eight on the WBBM Newsradio 780 Cubs Radio Network and 21 via internet radio broadcast on www.cubs.com.
Prior, Alou take jobs with Padres
Former Cubs players Moises Alou and Mark Prior have new positions with the San Diego Padres. Alou will serve as a Special Assistant in Player Development while Prior will be the Minor League Pitching Coordinator.