The Cubs c;laimed 29-year old RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays today.
Moscoso had a fine rookie season for the Oakland Athletics in 2011, going 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, allowing just 102 hits in 128 IP, with a 38/74 BB/K. He was then traded to the Colorado Rockies along with LHP Josh Outman for OF Seth Smith in January 2012.
Moscoso had a horrible year in 2012, however (6.12 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 23 games and 50.0 IP for the Rockies), and was demoted to AAA Colorado Springs where he continued to struggle (6.13 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 18 games and 95.1 IP).
He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals last November, and then was claimed off waivers again (this time by Toronto) earlier this month. He was ineffective in five Spring Training outings (12.86 ERA and 2.57 WHIP) for KC and TOR.
So why would the Cubs claim Moscoso and waste a 40-man roster slot on a struggling 29-year old pitcher who is out of minor league options?
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