Cubs make three roster moves


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Brad Rempel - USA Today Sports
Brad Rempel - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Matt Carasiti from Triple-A Iowa and assigned outfielder Leonys Martín outright to Triple-A.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 34 players.

Mazzoni, 28, spent most of the 2017 campaign in the minors, combining to go 2-0 with one save and a 0.59 ERA (2 ER/30.1 IP) in 23 relief appearances. He struck out 48 batters and walked only three in 30.1 innings pitched. Mazzoni made 14 appearances with Triple-A El Paso, going 1-0 with one save and a 0.89 ERA (2 ER/20.1 IP). He also made six relief appearances in the big leagues with the Padres, posting no record and a 13.50 ERA (12 ER/8.0 IP).

The righthander was originally selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2011 Draft out of North Carolina State University. He has gone 27-15 with seven saves and a 3.79 ERA (154 ER/366.0 IP) in 116 minor league appearances (53 starts) covering the last seven seasons in the Mets and Padres minor league systems. Mazzoni made his major league debut with the Padres in 2015 and has totaled 14 major league relief appearances in his career.

Carasiti, 26, was acquired by the Cubs from the Colorado Rockies for lefthander Zac Rosscup on June 26, 2017. With Triple-A Albuquerque and Iowa this past season, Carasiti combined to go 1-3 with 21 saves and a 3.26 ERA (18 ER/49.2 IP) in 46 relief outings, fanning 68 batters in 49.2 innings pitched.

The righthander was originally selected by the Rockies in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft out of St. John’s University. Carasiti has gone 15-28 with 76 saves and a 4.35 ERA (188 ER/389.1 IP) in 219 minor league appearances (34 starts) covering the last six seasons in the Rockies and Cubs minor league systems.

Martín, 29, was acquired by the Cubs from the Seattle Mariners on August 31, 2017. He batted .154 (2-for-13) with one double and one RBI in 15 games with the Cubs.



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