The Cubs have claimed outfielder Johneshwy Fargas off waivers from the Mets and created a spot on the 40-man roster by transferring lefty Brad Wieck from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, per a club announcement. Fargas, who was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier in the week, has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Wieck, who is sidelined by an irregular heartbeat, will undergo an ablation procedure in an effort to address the issue, tweets Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. He had a similar procedure performed in February 2020.
Fargas, 26, signed a minor league deal with the Mets over the winter after seven minor league seasons in the Giants organization. He quickly found himself in the Majors after an astonishing deluge of injuries saw Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Pillar, Albert Almora Jr., Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis all land on the IL within the season’s first six weeks.
Unfortunately for Fargas, he wasn’t able to escape the injury bug himself. He played in his first seven big league games, going 6-for-21 with three doubles and a triple, before sustaining a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder upon colliding with the outfield wall. He spent nearly two months on the injured list before being reinstated and designated for assignment.
Fargas’ first career action at the Triple-A level came this year with the Mets, though he tallied only eight games there. Overall, he’s a career .254/.331/.345 hitter in parts of eight minor league seasons. He can play all three outfield spots and has racked up 246 stolen bases in his minor league career, including single-season tallies of 47 (2018), 50 (2019) and 59 (2015). He’s only played in 19 minor league games this year but has nevertheless stolen 11 bases in that time.
As for Wieck, it’s obviously a discouraging and unsettling outcome to see him battling heart irregularities for the second time this season. His overall well-being should be the top concern for everyone, but it should also be pointed out that he’s been nothing short of brilliant for the Cubs. The 29-year-old fired 17 shutout innings this year, striking out 28 of the 71 men he faced (39.4 percent) and has an overall 1.93 ERA and 42.1 percent strikeout rate in 28 innings since being acquired by Chicago in 2019.