The Cubs have claimed 25-year old righty reliever Zach Putnam off waivers from the Rockies. Putnam pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Putnam also pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year for the Rockies and he was 3-4 with 12 saves, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Putnam has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He will have a good shot to win a job in the Cubs’ pen next spring.
UPDATE: (12/1/2012) - The Cubs decided not to tender a contract for 2013 to Zach Putnam, making him a free agent.
UPDATE II: (1/6/2012) - The Cubs have re-signed Zach Putnam to a minor league deal.