As reported by the official Chicago Cubs Twitter account, the team has released veteran shortstop Brendan Ryan. Chicago received Ryan, along with pitcher Adam Warren, in a trade earlier this offseason that sent Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees. Ryan had picked up a player option for the 2016 season, and will be owed $1 million from Chicago this season.
Ryan’s strengths and weaknesses are pretty well-defined as he enters his age-34 season: his glove is a huge strength and his bat is his huge weakness. Since being traded to the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners in September of 2013, Ryan has only appeared in 113 games, posting a pitcher-esque slash line of .201/.244/.271. Still, his defensive abilities could make him an appealing bench player for a team looking to add defensive prowess.
The Cubs made two other moves at the bottom of their roster today:
- Chicago took pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. This is the latest step in a busy off-season for Olmos, who was released by Seattle in November, then selected off waivers by Chicago in early December, and then selected off waivers by Baltimore a week later. Olmos has appeared in the majors in 2015 for the Mariners and in 2013 for the Miami Marlins.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed reliever Yoervis Medina off of waivers from the Cubs. After Chicago traded for Medina in May of last season, he only appeared in five games for the team, with a 7.00 ERA.