Brian Duensing Designated for Assignment as Cubs Tighten Roster

In somewhat less shocking news than Ian Happ being optioned to Triple-A, the Cubs announced Sunday that they had designated Brian Duensing for assignment. The lefty reliever had pitched well for the Cubs in 2017, but regressed since signing a two-year deal prior to the 2018 season. Even with their tight budget, the Cubs simply couldn’t keep Duensing on the roster in the face of other bullpen issues.

There is a chance Duensing could remain in the organization if the Cubs can’t find a trade partner and he decides to stick around. Initial reports are that the team would like to retain him. But there doesn’t seem to be much of a path to him making his way back to Chicago given what we’ve saw last season and the struggles that led to a 10.29 ERA this spring.

As additional depth, the Cubs also signed lefty Tim Collins, most recently of the Twins organization. Collins was immediately optioned. This could open the door for Allen Webster, who has pitched well this spring and is out of options.

Stay tuned for more moves in the coming days.


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  1. Nice 3.5M down the drain Theo wasted as part of a 2 year 7M deal they didn’t need to sign after nobody else wanted him last winter.

    Tiny Tim Collins also sucks and they gave him a spot on the 40 man? I guess they can release him as well once he has his next arm injury trying to throw hard at “5’7” which seems generous when you actually see him on the mound.

    1. Duensing actually had other offers and took less to re-sign with Cubs. Doesn’t mean it was a good deal, but he pitched well for them in ’17 and other teams were interested.

      1. Never bought that BS. He got the 18th most money of all BP guys and only 3 LHP got more.

        Mcgee who signed a month earlier, Smyly who the guys paid to rehab and had SP “value”, and the only one to sign later Tony Watson who got more total money but a lesser AAV signing 3 years and 9M. It was January a month from his 35th birthday what team was offering him more than 7M plus 1.25M in incentives each year.

  2. Maybe this is why the Cubs claim there wasn’t any money in the off season……….gonna be eating a lot of salary this year for the non-performers.

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