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.