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Cubs have added right-hander reliever Dylan Floro, claimed off waivers from the Rays. Cubs visit White House and winter league playoff action.

Cubs claim Floro

Cubs claimed RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from the Tampa Bay rays on Tuesday and added him to the 40-man roster that now stands at 39. The Rays 13th round pick in 2012 out of Cal-State Fullerton, Floro made 73 starts during his minor league career but made the switch to the bullpen in 2016 as the 26-year-old went 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA with seven saves in 32 relief appearances at AA Durham. Floro made his pro debut in early July and pitched in 12 games for the Rays, allowing 23 hits and five walks in 15 innings. He throws a sinking fastball in the low 90s and also throws a slider, relying on his command of the strike zone. Floro will be in the mix for one of the bullpen spots.

White House visit

The World Series champions were guests at the White House on Monday as White Sox fan and President Barack Obama served as the host. The Cubs presented the 44th president with two #44 jerseys, a #44 number from the historic scoreboard, a signed “W” flag and a lifetime pass to Wrigley. His wife, Michelle, is a Cubs fan, so she will be using the pass.

Venezuelan Winter League

Lara grabbed a 3-1 series led with a 5-3 win over La Guaira. Zulia stayed red-hot with a 5-2 win over Caribes to take a 3-1 series lead. Lara’s Jhondaniel Medina earned his first hold of the playoffs with 1.2 scoreless innings, retiring all five hitters he faced, three on strikes. 

Dominican Winter League

With one day left in the round-robin format, Licey stayed alive with a 10-1 win over Gigantes as both teams are now 8-9. The final playoff spot will be decided on Wednesday when Gigantes faces Aguilas and Licey battles Escogido. Aguilas improved to 13-4 with a 4-0 win over Escogido. 

Mexican Pacific Winter League

Hermosillo evened the series with Mexicali with 4-1 win in Game 4 while Los Mochis took a 3-2 series lead with a 3 -2 win over Culiacan. 

Puerto Rican Winter League

No game scheduled as the series is tied 1-1 between Santurce and Caguas.

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