Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs continue to adjust roster


After the Chicago Cubs made the decision to move Travis Wood to the bullpen was made, the writing was on the wall for one of the left-handers in the pen. Turns out that was Phil Coke. Have four lefties in the pen wasn’t a viable option, even with Zac Rosscup and Wood not being traditional “specialist”. So Coke was designated for assignment on Monday after posting mediocre numbers in his time with the Cubs. If the veteran clears waivers, he could be assigned to Iowa, but will have the choice of declining the assignment if he so chooses. 

The breaking news on this Tuesday morning is that the Cubs have traded Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners for RHP Yoervis Medina. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported the story this morning, and the Cubs have announced the players involved. Castillo has been on the block since Miguel Montero and David Ross arrived in Chicago, and it was only a matter of time before he was dealt.

Tsuyoshi Wada was officially announced as the starter for Wednesday’s game against the Padres, taking the spot of Wood now that he’s made the move to the bullpen. Wada pitched will in his 14 starts last season, going 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA. It is possible that Wood could return to the rotation, but for now will remain in the pen.

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