Cubs Claim Asencio, DFA Bowden

The Cubs claimed right-hander Jairo Asencio off of waivers from the Indians,'s Keith Law tweets. Chicago designated right-hander Michael Bowden for assignment in a corresponding move.

The Indians acquired Asencio from the Braves for cash at the end of March then designated him for assignment four days ago. The out of options reliever posted a 5.96 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 25 2/3 innings for the Indians this year. He led the International League in saves in 2009 and 2011 and posted a 1.81 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 54 2/3 innings at Triple-A last year.

The Cubs acquired Bowden from the Red Sox in the April trade that sent Marlon Byrd to Boston. The 25-year-old has a 7.45 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 9 2/3 innings with the Cubs since the trade.

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13 Comments on "Cubs Claim Asencio, DFA Bowden"

3 years 3 months ago

Ascencio to the Cubs… called that one. I can’t be wrong every time, I guess.

He’s got to be better than Dolis, anyway.

I’m always fuzzy on the DFA thing… does that mean Bowden’s time with the Cub organization is over, or can they still assign him to the minors if he clears waivers and accepts the assignment?

3 years 3 months ago

When a player is designated for assignment, the player is removed from the 40-man roster.  The club then has 10 days to trade, release, or place the player on outright waivers.  DFA’ing a player essentially allows the team to make a move to add a player to the 40-man immediately, while stalling for time to consider what the best course of action would be for the player being removed from the roster.

3 years 3 months ago

 Dolis is not bad is like only 23-24 give it some time

3 years 3 months ago

@sourbob:disqus DFA means they have 10 days to either Trade him, release him or assign him to the minor leagues if he clears waivers. It also removes him from the 40 man roster.

3 years 3 months ago

Cubs are like that Gin player who picks up everybody else’s discards.

3 years 3 months ago

Poor Mike Bowden.  He was really excited to be pitching for his hometown team…

3 years 3 months ago

So what did they get for Marlon Byrd?  This is a head scratcher, as I would have thought the Cubs saw something in Bowden just one month ago.  Guess not.

3 years 3 months ago

 Want Byrd back? You are welcome to him. He can’t hit or catch. Pods even is better…

3 years 3 months ago

 Theo knew what he was getting in Bowden since they both came from the red sox

3 years 3 months ago

Have you….seen Marlon Byrd play? That we got anything out of him is amazing in itself.
And this just means they want to move bowden down, not cut him, most likely. 

3 years 3 months ago

The Pirates should call the CUbs and try to pick up Michael Bowden. They could make him a starter at AAA and he could be really useful down the stretch.

3 years 3 months ago

One kind of interesting thing I have noticed when looking at Jairo Asencio’s splits is that, generally, he pitches better the more he pitches. Generally speaking, with a lot of days of rest between pitching, he doesn’t pitch as well. Maybe he can be used more and be up there with Camp as far as no flash, but consistently good.

Sid Simelia
3 years 2 months ago

I’m guessing they didn’t know Asencio would become available when they traded Byrd.