Cubs lose four in Rule 5 Draft

Cubs lose four in Rule 5 Draft
December 12, 2013, 9:00 am
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Tony Andracki

A Cubs right-handed pitcher is headed to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Though, it's not Jeff Samardzija, as those rumors have seemed to die down the last week or so.

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Instead, the Diamondbacks selected righty Marcos Mateo in the MLB Rule 5 Draft Thursday morning.

Mateo, 29, has been in the Cubs organization since 2008 He appeared in 44 games for the big-league club between 2010-11, with a 5.04 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.

The Dominican native has had a slew of arm injuries the last few seasons (he missed all of 2012) and pitched in just 24 games in 2013.

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If the Diamondbacks do not keep Mateo on the 25-man roster all season, he will be sent back to the Cubs.

The Cubs also lost outfielder Julio Borbon (Baltimore Orioles), first baseman Justin Bour (Miami Marlins) and pitcher A.J. Morris (Pittsburgh Pirates) in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft.

Borbon, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Rangers (35th in 2007), but has yet to realize his potential. The Cubs claimed him off waivers early in 2013, and he appeared in 72 games in Chicago, hitting .202 with a .563 OPS before finishing the season in the minor leagues.

Bour, 25, spent the last two seasons at Double-A Tennessee. The 2009 25th-round pick has hit 70 homers and driven in 346 runs the last four seasons in the Cubs organization.

Morris, 27, also spent 2013 with Double-A Tennessee, sporting a 4.75 ERA in 31 games (10 starts).

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The only player the Cubs added was catcher Charles Cutler (no relation to Bears QB Jay). Cutler, 27, was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round in 2008 before moving to the Pirates organization in 2012.

He carries a career .303/.389/.414 slash line in the minors, with 172 walks and just 179 strikeouts in 432 games.