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Cubs claim Eduardo Sanchez

The Cubs have claimed Eduardo Sanchez.

Dilip Vishwanat

The Cubs have claimed reliever Eduardo Sanchez from the Cardinals, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Goold speculates that the Cardinals were designating Sanchez for assignment to make room for Tyler Lyons, who will be the team's starter Wednesday night. They lost Jaime Garcia to injury and needed a replacement.

Sanchez is a young reliever with plenty of promise, so the Cubs have to be excited about adding him for essentially nothing.

The 24-year old has not pitched in the Major Leagues this season for the Cardinals, but in 2012 posted an ERA of 6.60 in 15 innings last season for the Cardinals. He was a key factor in the team's run down the stretch in 2011, and burst on to the scene then.

The Cardinals could come to regret letting Sanchez slip away to a division rival, even though he is only a reliever. For someone so young, he already has a long track record and some success at the big league level.