Cubs call on Frank Schwindel for athletics waivers
Cubs announced claiming the first goal Frank Schwindel waiver in track and field and picked him for the Iowa triple A. Oakland nominated Schwindel for an assignment earlier this week. The Cubs had a vacant position on the 40-player roster, so no further movement was necessary.
Oakland signed Schwindel in the minor leagues over the winter and selected him to the major league roster late last month. He only counted twenty home plate appearances with the A’s before they took him out of the 40 men when Mitch moreland returned from the wounded list.
Schwindel hasn’t looked at the level of MLB much yet, but the 29-year-old has had a fantastic AAA season. Thanks to 207 home plate appearances with the top A-side in Las Vegas, Schwindel reached 0.317 / 0.362 / .630 with sixteen home runs. These numbers are no doubt helped by the extremely user-friendly environment of Vegas, but it is an eye-opening production nonetheless.
At the moment, the Cubs have the first spoken base for the franchise icon Antoine Rizzo. An impending free agent, Rizzo has obviously appeared in trade speculation with the Cubs looking likely to sell off the Big League roster in the coming weeks. Claiming that Schwindel does not make an exchange with Rizzo more likely; Schwindel still has the three-year minor league option and is likely brought in as a right-handed hitting bench. If the Cubs end up dealing with Rizzo, it could give Schwindel a better path to playing time than he did in Oakland, where Matt Olson had the first base locked.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel reported the news shortly before the official announcement.