Roster Update: Chapman Added to Cubs Roster, Clayton Richard Designated for Assignment

The move we thought should have happened last week, when the Cubs shipped Adam Warren to triple A Iowa to make room for Joe Nathan, has actually happened today. With the addition of  Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs 25-man roster someone needed to be sent down and today we find out that means Clayton Richard is the guy with the short stick.

For his part, Richard was not having a good year and was certainly one of the weakest links in the Cubs bullpen. He has a 6.43 ERA and had given up 10 earned runs – 14 runs total, including unearned runs – in 14 innings. This move makes sense as now the LOOGY spot will belong to Montgomery.

The Cubs will now have ten days to trade, waive or outright release Richard, who was earning a salary of $2 million.

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