Cubs Claim Jason Berken

The Cubs have claimed Jason Berken off of waivers from the Orioles, Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports (on Twitter). Baltimore had designated the right-hander for assignment four days ago in order to free up roster space for Zach Phillips.

Berken spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A, where he posted a 3.50 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 26 starts. The 28-year-old appeared in just one game with Baltimore this year, but he was a fixture in the Orioles' rotation in 2009 and in their bullpen from 2010-11. The Cubs claimed right-hander Miguel Socolovich off of waivers from Baltimore less than a month ago.


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9 Comments on "Cubs Claim Jason Berken"


Manfrenjensen
2 years 11 months ago

In an attempt to re-stock the farm with serviceable arms that could possibly be traded down the road, the Cubs will claim any one with a pulse and an ERA under 5. And the pulse is negotiable.

BosephHeyden
2 years 11 months ago

“The ERA under 5″ bit is a myth. Just so long as they can move their arm in a manner consistent with that of a professional pitcher, they’re probably getting picked up.

drjayphd
2 years 11 months ago

When asked for comment, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio could only muster “Ermahgerd. Meh fervrite Berken.”

Terencemann
2 years 11 months ago

Claim all the players.

mstrchef
2 years 11 months ago

Not too long ago the O’s fans were whining about all the ex-Cubs they were collecting. Now, it’s the Cubs collecting ex-Orioles. Who imagined a year ago that the Orioles would be shedding players from their 40-man roster that other teams would want?

BradyAndersonsSideburns
2 years 11 months ago

sadly, I remember when the O’s were so bad that he had his own t-shirt giveaway night

cubsfan97
2 years 11 months ago

And once again, the Cubs claim a player I have never heard of before! Fantasticm, 2013 is our year!

Taylor Haberle
2 years 11 months ago

Berken could actually be decent. Possibly.

BradyAndersonsSideburns
2 years 11 months ago

to be fair, he has had dominant stretches before out of the pen, but overall he’s nothing special