Friday, April 19, 2013

Cubs claim Julio Borbon

Julio Borbon himself tweeted a few minutes ago: 

Chicago Cubs!!!!

And it has been confirmed by numerous sources that the Cubs have, indeed, claimed Julio Borbon off waivers - which means that the Astros didn't. How so? Because the Astros had a worse record than the Cubs in 2012, they had first dibs on him. 

I'm trying to think of a reason why the Astros didn't claim Borbon. Would you look and think that Fernando Martinez was a better outfield option than Borbon? Rick Ankiel? He also is cheap, making league minimum. I don't get it, but chalk it up to the Astros' front office doing what they want. 

7 comments:

timmy! said...

If I'm not mistaken waiver claims have to also go through the originating league before going to the other league. Which means that The Astros and the entire AL passed on adding Borbon to their team.

Matthew said...

They must still have some hopes of flipping Ankiel at the deadline? Luhnow got something for Big Fat Carlos Lee, he can probably get something for Ankiel.

Astros County said...

I don't think that's true. T.R. Sullivan has a post entitled, "Cubs Beat Orioles to Borbon."

Imasalmon said...

Julio Borbon is effectively Brandon Barnes. And we already have one of those.

Imasalmon said...

Oh, and waivers. Waivers work as described above, except during the first month of the season, when only the previous seasons standings are used to determine priority.

timmy! said...

After this week consider me skeptical of any sort of knowledge or insight reports have.

timmy! said...

It appears that the first month has different rules and maybe priority is based on overall record and the league thing is dropped...I don't know. I'm kind of pissed off at all these silly rules.