Not huge news here because it’s something that we fully expected to happen when Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week. But, it did happen. The Milwaukee Brewers have laid claim to Ramirez.
For his part, Neil was not off to a great start this season — sporting a 4.70 ERA which included 8 walks over 7.2 inning pitched — and he was the 13th pitcher in the Cubs lineup, where normally the adage is to carry 12 pitchers. So, he was sent packing and the Cubs basically signaled that, at this point, it makes more sense to hold on to Tim Federowicz, who will also need to clear waivers if and when he gets DAF.