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Cubs Roster Moves Galore: Clint Frazier DFA'd, Marcus Stroman to IL, and More

The Cubs were busy with roster moves today, including Clint Frazier being DFA'd, Marcus Stroman to the IL, and much more.
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As alluded to in a previous article, the Chicago Cubs had many upcoming roster decisions to make. On Friday, the club designated outfielder Clint Frazier for assignment. So much for Frazier getting an opportunity for revenge in the upcoming Cubs/Yankees series. Frazier was set to return to New York tonight, where he began his major league career.

Let’s just say things didn’t go well in New York. Between the false accusations of Frazier wanting Mickey Mantle’s number, the organization’s outdated hair restrictions, and the concussions he dealt with, Frazier never fit with the Bronx Bombers.

Recently, Frazier spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times. “I didn’t play super-consistently a lot in New York. And it’s kind of trending that way here, where I’m having to be ready in the eighth inning, pinch-hitting off guys who are throwing 1,000 miles per hour,” Frazier said.

Unfortunately, he’s not going to play at all now. I guess the Cubs’ loyalty to Jason Heyward and his 67 wRC+ is more important. Clint Frazier was hitting only .216, but he dealt with appendicitis, which kept him out from mid-April to late May. Since returning on May 28, Frazier hit .313 with a .476 OBP. He’s still only 27 years old and a former first-round draft pick. Now, the Cubs will never have a chance to see if he could’ve been a long-term fit or netted them something positive on the trade market.

In another move, the Cubs placed RHP Marcus Stroman on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. This marks Stroman's second trip to the IL, as he previously landed there with an unspecified injury (COVID) and missed action from May 2 to May 18. The severity of his injury is unknown at this time.

Activated from the IL and Restricted List

  • LHP Wade Miley
  • C Yan Gomes
  • INF Jonathan Villar
  • RHP Chris Martin
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All of the names listed above were activated today. Miley will start tonight’s game against the Yankees, returning from a shoulder strain. The Yankees rank first in homers, wRC+, and barrel rate. Have at it, Miley!

Gomes (oblique) and Villar (mouth) have been on the IL since May 25 and May 30, respectively. Gomes was finding his groove at the plate prior to the injury, batting .313 over his last 10 games. Villar has struggled both at the plate and defensively, but this is a chance for him to boost his trade value.

Right-handed reliever Chris Martin returns from the restricted list (post-bereavement). He’s been away from the team since May 29.

What’s baffling about these moves is the comments made by David Ross to a New York reporter. Per Brendan Kuty of, Ross said they needed the spot for Martin and didn’t see a real spot for Frazier. Again, Jason Heyward remains on the active roster when Frazier has outplayed him with less playing time.

Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

  • 1B Alfonso Rivas
  • RHP Michael Rucker

First baseman Alfonso Rivas was scuffling and this move was always going to happen. In 53 plate appearances since May 17, Rivas is hitting .130 with zero homers, six walks, and 19 strikeouts. He needs regular at-bats at a lower level.

RHP Michael Rucker is the only move that’s like, eh, whatever. Rucker has a 5.40 ERA in 16.2 IP this year. He has minor-league options and the Cubs needed the roster spot. With Seiya Suzuki looking to return soon, another move is looming. We'll keep you updated with any announcements.