The final question mark for the Chicago Cubs has been resolved, as right-hander Brian Schlitter has made the 25-man roster, tweets Chicago Sun-Times Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer.
Schlitter makes club in pen. Cabrera DFAd.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 29, 2014
Right-hander Alberto Cabrera had to be designated for assignment to make room for Schlitter on the 25-man roster. Cabrera gave up eight earned runs over 10 innings during the spring, which sealed his fate. The 25-year-old’s rights are now free to any major league club.
Schlitter, 28, struck out seven and posted a 2.08 ERA over nine innings this spring. If Schlitter continues to prove himself this year, he could become a staple in the Cubs’ bullpen.
Right-hander Blake Parker is also a victim to Schlitter’s impressive performance. Parker, 29, struck out five and walked five while he posted a 7.88 ERA over eight innings during the spring. However, last season he posted a 2.72 ERA and 10.7 K/9 rate in the majors.