Sandy Rosario should be used to this by now.
The right-handed pitcher was claimed off waivers for the third time already this offseason, as the Cubs acquired the 27-year-old from the Red Sox. The move means the Cubs' 40-man roster is full, but with a couple months left in the offseason, that will likely change again.
READ: The rundown on the Cubs' minor-league staff
Rosario signed with the Marlins as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2004 and has appeared for the big-league club in FloridaMiami each of the past three seasons, sporting a 15.26 ERA and 3.26 WHIP in 10 games (7.2 innings).
He's been a much better pitcher in the minors, however. The 6-foot-1 righty has a 3.48 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 157 career minor-league games, including 27 starts. He was especially good last season, boasting a 1.99 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 17 saves in 31 games, 25 of which came at the Triple-A level.
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Rosario has shown an ability to make batters miss with 9.3 K9 in the minors, but has also been hit around, with 9.7 H9.
The Red Sox claimed Rosario off waivers Oct. 17, before designating him for assignment and subsequently trading him to the Athletics a month later. When he was DFA'd by Oakland Nov. 30, the Red Sox jumped back in the mix with a waiver claim Dec. 10.
No matter how much you rely on analytics and logarithms in determining who are the best players, ultimately it becomes about judgment.
Should win shares have a greater value than a player’s winning percentage in the playoffs? Is defensive rating a better barometer about a defender’s ability than say, defensive field goal percentage differential? And how much do you weigh how they fare versus playoff teams and non-playoff teams? A legitimate case can be made for all those numbers and many, many more, being used to rank the top 25 players.
Realizing such an endeavor should not be a one-person job, I enlisted the help of my fellow CSN Insiders, compiled our rankings and voila! We made a beautiful, bouncing list of more than two dozen players.
[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]
The scoring for this is pretty simple: Each Insider picked 25 players, ranking them from No. 1 through 25. Their number one pick received 25 points, No. 2 got 24, No. 3 got 23 and … you get the picture.
Without any further delay, here is the first annual CSN Top 25 NBA Players list in addition to our "others receiving votes" group.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Starting at about 7 p.m. E.T, Tuesday may be the biggest night in Cleveland sports history.
That's when the Cleveland Cavaliers banner presentation and ring ceremony for their NBA Finals win over the Golden State Warriors will take place at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert decided to bump up the ring ceremony and tipoff of his franchise's season opener against the New York Knicks by 30 minutes so conflicted Clevelanders wouldn't have to decide between watching the Cavaliers receive their championship rings and Game 1 of the World Series, which begins at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field right across the street.
"I’ll probably have to leave my house at 3:30, 4:00 to get (to Quicken Loans Arena) on time tonight because obviously the Indians are playing Game 1 of the World Series," Cavs forward Kevin Love said. "It’s going to be an unbelievable night, hard to put into words."
The Cavs have already made it two Indians playoff games in 2016, with LeBron James giving a pregame hype speech before Game 2 of the American League Division Series and cheering on the Tribe for their win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series:
And as they did in Game 2 of the ALDS and ALCS, the Cavs are planning on coming to Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night, Love said.