Cubs claim outfielder Johneshwy Fargas out of Mets waivers

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The Cubs weren’t done with their pre-game roster moves and indeed decided to move Brad Wieck to the 60-day IL with his cardiac ablation procedure on deck. This means that he will be able to return no earlier than the second week of September.

The move was necessary because the Cubs needed a spot on the 40-player roster to welcome newly claimed outfielder Johneshwy Fargas off the Mets waivers. Fargas, 26, has just hit triple A for the first time this year (blame it on the pandemic), and has also had a little league time with the Mets. From a quick glance at the stats, Fargas seems like an extreme speed guy with minor league options. He was the Puerto Rican Winter League’s unanimous MVP last year, so that sounds good, and he’s been a high contact stick throughout his minor league career.

Another reason to grab Fargas now? Sadly? Michael Hermosillo left his last game with the Iowa Cubs gripping his hamstrings, so Iowa could be out of an outfielder right now. What sucks.

More on Fargas soon, and I’m wondering if the Cubs are gearing up for other openings in the organization in the week + ahead. It’s also possible that the Cubs are now trying to get Fargas through to Iowa (out of the 40-man, and therefore tradable later in August in case a team needs some speed).

Oh, too, he flies:



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