Over the weekend the Cardinals indicated that Tyler Lyons would join the team to take Jaime Garcia‘s place in the rotation on Wednesday. What we didn’t know was what the team would do to fit him onto the 40 man roster. Now we do.
Right handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez was placed on waivers to remove him from the 40 man roster and was claimed today by the Chicago Cubs. He will reportedly start his Cubs career with Triple-A Iowa.
Sanchez, 24, was signed as an amateur free agent and is known for his wicked slider. It was that slider that made him a favorite in 2011 as the Cardinals hunted for a closer. Unfortunately, Sanchez’s inability to throw strikes has re-emerged in recent years. Last year in 15 innings in St. Louis, he walked 12 batters. So far he’s done a better job this season preventing walks, but he is still allowing too many.
I wondered who was going to get waived to make room for Lyons and it makes a great deal of sense that it is Sanchez (though I’d have probably gone with Victor Marte or Maikel Cleto). Sanchez has no more options remaining and he was on the 40 man roster. That means he would have needed to make the Opening Day roster in 2014. And when you consider that he didn’t get a call to the big leagues with Jason Motte on the DL as well as Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski down in Memphis, the writing was on the wall for him.
A pitcher with that much talent wasn’t going to pass through waivers. I believe it was a good pickup by the Cubs who desperately need talent wherever they can find it.