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Cubs claim Joseph Ortiz off waivers from Rangers

The left-hander may provide bullpen depth for the Cubs next season.

Jennifer Stewart

The Cubs have claimed left-hander Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Rangers, according to a team announcement. With the move, the Cubs' 40-man roster is now full and the Rangers have three open spots after outrighting six others to Triple-A Round Rock.

Ortiz, 24, missed a significant chunk of the 2014 season due to a fractured left foot, but posted a 4.00 ERA in 15 relief appearances at Double-A Frisco. He spent most of 2013 with the Rangers' major league club, posting a 2-2 record and 4.23 ERA in 44.2 innings over 32 appearances.

Ortiz, who was signed as an international free agent in 2006, was ranked as the Rangers' 30th best prospect after the 2012 season but was never considered a top prospect in their system. For the Cubs, the southpaw profiles as bullpen depth at either Triple-A or the major league level as a low-risk, high-reward type of lottery ticket.