The Cubs continued their trend of buying low on former promising players, claiming right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.
Gutierrez was the Twins' first-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Miami, but has yet to reach the majors.
The 26-year-old appeared in just 10 games in 2012 for Rochester, Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate, as he was shut down with a right shoulder injury in mid-June that eventually required surgery. He resumed throwing in early October.
Gutierrez, whose draft spot was acquired when the Twins lost Torii Hunter to free agency, has made 136 career minor-league appearances, including 32 starts. He carries a 4.11 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He has spent parts of the last three seasons in Triple-A, compiling a 2-3 record with a 4.62 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 8.2 K9 over 62.1 innings in 2011, his last full season.
The Miami native will be another option as a bullpen arm for Dale Sveum's big-league squad and could have an impact if he can ever cash in on his first-round potential.
Gutierrez played for Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a teammate of former Cub Geovany Soto.
Catcher Anthony Recker was designated for assignment to accommodate Gutierrez's signing. Recker appeared in nine games with the Cubs last season, hitting one home run and driving in four in 18 at-bats.
Luis Solignac has made a big difference to the Chicago Fire’s attack since joining the team in early August.
On Friday, the Argentine forward added an award to show for his impact on the team. He won MLS Goal of the Week for his opening goal in the 3-0 win at Montreal on Aug. 20.
The curling goal from Solignac was his first in a Fire uniform. He also drew a penalty kick, which David Accam converted, in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.
In Solignac’s 312 minutes, nearly three and a half games, the Fire have scored seven goals. Not bad considering the Fire were averaging less than a goal per game before Solignac’s arrival.
In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.
The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."
Check it out:
Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.
Back in June, Jim Harbaugh asked Hank Aaron if he'd be an honorary captain at a Michigan football game this season.
Aaron has taken him up on it.
A look at Michigan's official website revealed to the Internet that one of the greatest baseball players of all-time will be the honorary captain for Michigan's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 22.
Harbaugh chatted with Hammerin' Hank and donned a No. 44 Braves jersey during a stop in Atlanta on his whirlwind satellite-camp tour this summer, with Aaron sporting a Michigan hat.
Aaron will follow Michael Jordan, another all-time great who will serve as Michigan's honorary captain for the season-opener against Hawaii.
But while Jordan's connection to Michigan is all business — the Wolverines are the first football team to be outfitted by Jordan Brand — Aaron has a different reason to visit Ann Arbor, as his granddaughter attends the university.
(h/t Wolverine 24/7)