The Cubs announced that they have released outfielders Steven Souza Jr. and Ryan LaMarre and right-hander Juan Gamez. They also outrighted left-hander Matt Dermody, recalled righty Adbert Alzolay, optioned righty Colin Rea and added RHP Joe Wieland to their 60-man player pool.
Souza was a 30-home run hitter with the Rays in 2017, but he dealt with major injury problems as a Diamondback over the next two years. Souza was still able to land a guaranteed $1MM from the Cubs in free agency last offseason, but the move didn’t pay off at all for the club. He took 31 trips to the plate and batted .148/.258/.333 with one homer and 15 strikeouts before the Cubs designated him for assignment Sept. 5.
LaMarre previously garnered MLB experience with a few teams, most recently the Twins, but only owns a .623 OPS at the level. The Cubs signed him to a minor league contract in July, though he saw no action with the team before it released him.
Dermody, whom the Cubs signed to a minors pact Aug. 6, threw 25 1/3 frames with the Blue Jays from 2016-17 and returned to the bigs with a scoreless inning for the Cubs on Sept. 6 in his sole appearance of the season.
Phillies should take a look at Souza
Joe Wieland is still in baseball?
Hasn’t been in the MLB since 2016 and wasn’t very good any of the times he did play.
Theo & Co. really love blowing money on garbage you couldn’t give away at a freaking flea market.
Cubs falling to 4th place!
Ahhh there it is. The guy MLBTR refuses to Ban. When guys like westcoastryan is gone. I’m just here for Chisox fans pointless comments.
My guess is his girlfriend dropped him for a Cub fan back in the seventh grade. He still hasn’t gotten over it in the succeeding three years, and he is still brooding about it as a sophomore.
Another Cubs loss today!!!
Those blown millions Theo keeps sending have really added up.
That’s not really the case. The Ricketts are just cheap and they only gave theo and jed 15mil to improve their bullpen and the rest of the team. Not even the marlins and pirates are that cheap. The pirates are notorious for being extremely cheap that’s why they have won anything in 40 years.
Remember when the Red Sox paid Sandoval 95 million over 5 years??? LOL
Someone who is paying Jason Heyward $184 million over eight years shouldn’t be laughing at another bad contract unless it’s self-mockery.
Considering what Harper got who is severely overrated 184mil looks a lot better than 330 mil over 13 years. With no opt outs because he’s dumb. He flat out refused 300mil by the nats over 10 years and settled for 30mil more for 3 more. Years. Mathatically he was better off staying in DC. Doesn’t help harpers agent is a slimy greedy talentless little man. Who probably thought Harper was worth 500mil over 9 years.
Souza jr was so good with the Rays a few yrs ago.
Before signing with the Cubs, he pitched for the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths..
Cub Fan in Georgia
They took a chance on him and it didn’t work out. No big loss there