Cubs Lose Infielder Rylan Bannon to Astros Via Waiver Claim

What is your favorite memory of the Rylan Bannon Era in Chicago? The Cubs gained another spot on the 40-man roster Friday afternoon when the Astros claimed the infielder off waivers just two weeks after the Cubs had claimed him from the Braves. We had speculated at the time that the Cubs would try to sneak him through waivers, though it’s a little odd that the Astros would claim him so close to the Rule 5 Draft.

The Joliet, IL native made his MLB debut with Baltimore and played in four games before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Dodgers on August 8. He was immediately designated again and the Braves claimed him on August 16. Bannon was on Atlanta’s roster for one week in late September but only appeared in one game.

This latest waiver claim means he’s now been part of five different organizations in less than four months, and you have to wonder whether the Astros will likewise expose him and try to keep him around. Huh, it’s almost like these kinds of moves are commonplace and not just a symptom of the Cubs’ spendthrift ways. Who knew?

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