The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett off waivers from Baltimore on Monday afternoon.
Prior to the 2012 All-Star break, Burnett ranked fourth among American League relievers. He made a career-high 67 relief appearances for the Twins last season, going 4-4 with 10 holds and a 3.52 ERA.
But 2013 has gone a little differently for the 25-year-old pitcher. Burnett began spring training with Minnesota, but was then claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was then designated for assignment back on April 10 and was picked up by the Orioles just two days later. Now he'll get his chance on the North Side after going 1-0 and recording a 1.50 ERA in nine minor-league appearances this year.
Burnett made two relief appearances with the Orioles this season, but was designated for assignment on May 23. He owns a 29-24 record with 16 saves and a 3.37 ERA in 166 career minor-league games.