Cubs claim RHP Merryweather off waivers from Blue Jays

The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Julian Merryweather off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Merryweather appeared in 26 games for Toronto last season, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA. The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out 23 in 26 2/3 innings.

To make room for Merryweather on the 40-man roster, right-hander Manuel Rodríguez was designated for assignment. Rodríguez went 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA and four saves in 14 relief appearances for Chicago last year.

Merryweather was designated for assignment by Toronto last week.

The 31-year-old Merryweather, a fifth-round pick by Cleveland in the 2014 amateur draft, made his big league debut with the Blue Jays in 2020. He is 0-4 with a 5.64 ERA and two saves in 47 career games.