Cubs claim Liam Hendriks off waivers from Twins

Cubs claim Liam Hendriks off waivers from Twins
December 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The Cubs are taking another chance on a change-of-scenery pitcher.

The Cubs claimed Australian right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday, trying to collect as many arms as possible. Hendriks is two months away from his 25th birthday - and put up good overall numbers in the minors (42-28, 2.99 ERA) - but struggled to gain any traction in Minnesota.

Hendriks had gone 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) for the Twins across parts of the last three seasons. During that time, he went 17-15 with a 3.61 ERA in 41 starts with Triple-A Rochester.

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Hendriks earned selections to the Futures Game - Major League Baseball's All-Star showcase - in 2010 and 2011. During those years, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 6 and No. 7 prospect in Minnesota's organization.

The Twins named Hendriks their minor league pitcher of the year in 2011. He also pitched for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Hendriks had been designated for assignment last week after the Twins signed pitcher Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal. The Cubs now have their 40-man roster at 38 with this move.