Cubs claim reliever off waivers


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The Chicago Cubs today claimed right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Floro, 26, made his major league debut with Tampa Bay last season and went 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA (7 ER/15.0 IP) in 12 relief outings. He struck out 14 and walked only five in 15.0 innings. Floro spent most of the 2016 campaign with Triple-A Durham, going 1-2 with seven saves and a 2.88 ERA (16 ER/50.0 IP) in 32 relief outings, earning mid-season All-Star honors in the International League.

The six-foot-two, 175-pound Floro was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th Round of the 2012 Draft out of Cal-State Fullerton. He is 36-30 with nine saves and a 3.30 ERA (194 ER/528.1 IP) in 126 minor league outings, including 73 starts, covering five seasons. He pitched exclusively as a reliever in 2016 after primarily being utilized as a starting pitcher the previous three campaigns.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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