Cubs Outright Sean Newcomb – MLB Trade Rumors

Cubs Outright Sean Newcomb – MLB Trade Rumors

left handed cubs Sean Newcomb was not claimed on waivers after last week’s DFA and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa, the team told reporters (Twitter link via Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times).

As Lee points out, Newcomb has up to 48 hours to determine whether he will accept or decline the assignment – ​​as is the right of any player with more than three years of Major League service. However, a player needs five years of big league service to reject an outright assignment while keeping the rest of his salary in any given season. Newcomb entered the season with 3,123 years of service in the Major League and has since crossed the four-plus threshold, but is still a long way off five years. In other words, rejecting the assignment would be forfeiting what’s left of this season’s $900,000 salary, which he accepted in order to avoid arbitration with the Braves over the winter.

Atlanta flipped Newcomb to the Cubs in a trade that sent a veteran reliever Jesse Chavez back to the Braves. It was a brilliantly successful decision for the Braves, who took advantage of 22 2/3 innings of 2.38 ERA from Chavez. Newcomb, meanwhile, saw his long-standing struggles persist even after what many thought was a necessary change of scenery. In 4 1/3 major league innings with the Cubs, he was scored for eight runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He also drove in six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 frames with top minor league affiliate Chicago at Iowa.

It’s pretty easy to see why the trade might have appealed to the Cubs. Newcomb is a former top prospect who enjoyed great success from 2017 to 2019 before falling into decline starting with the shortened 2020 season. He came to them with two years in control of the club remaining beyond the current campaign. Chavez, meanwhile, had only signed as a minor league free agent after the lockout and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Things just haven’t worked out with Newcomb so far, though assuming he does indeed accept his mission outright, he’ll have the opportunity to get back on track in Triple-A for the rest. of the season. If he is reinstated on the 40-man roster before the end of the season, the Cubs will still be able to control his 2023-24 rights through arbitration. Otherwise, however, Newcomb will become a free agent at the end of the season – as is customary for players with more than three years of service who were outright (and not returned to 40 players) during the regular season. .

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