Veteran lefty Tim Collins elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment from the Cubs, according to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s transactions page. Chicago designated Collins, 29, for assignment over the weekend.
Collins appeared in nine games across multiple stints with the Cubs in 2019, allowing a total of three runs on nine hits and three walks with four punchouts. He’s whiffed 37 hitters in 27 Triple-A innings this season but has also issued 16 walks (three intentional) and surrendered seven home runs there.
Collins was a big piece of the Kansas City bullpen from 2011-14 but missed two full seasons due to multiple Tommy John surgeries. He’s totaled 31 1/3 big league innings between the Nationals and Cubs since returning from that pair of operations, posting a 25-to-15 K/BB ratio but has yielded a .237/.328/.492 batting line to opposing left-handers.
Still, as an experienced left-hander with a knack for missing bats, Collins should have little difficulty latching on with a different club — likely a contender. The elimination of August trade waivers will make adding depth via other avenues (e.g. outright waiver claims, free agency) of increased importance.
On the other hand, Tom Collins is waiting in the bar for his next opportunity.
At 5’7, how does he NOT have the nickname “Tiny Tim”?
Mets should sign him
Would like to see the Mets take a flier on him. This guy is a baseball player with a pulse, which makes him a significant improvement over most of the Mets current pen.
Red Sox could use the Worcester native
Klentak get em
I was thinking the same thing
Dodgers call him
Twins should sign him.
Cubs could ask him to come back and option Wick.
He can’t hold a candle to Wick….
No big loss
Over/under on how fast the Phils sign Collins and/or Asdrubal?