Moscoso has spent four years in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies. He has spent time in the starting rotation as well as the bullpen, which means the Cubs will be able to utilize him whichever way pleases them.
Chicago is the third team in the past five months to claim Moscoso off waivers. In three games (one start) with the Kansas City Royals this spring, he went 0-1 with a 9.00 earned run average with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings. After Kansas City, he was picked up by Toronto in which he surrendered five earned runs on five hits in two innings.
There is no question the Cubs are taking a big gamble on the 29-year-old. However, the fact that there is no guarantee he makes the Opening Day roster certainly gives the organization the freedom of taking a low-risk, high-reward approach.
Moscoso struggled last season with Colorado, but he did make an impression in Oakland’s starting rotation in 2011. The right-hander went 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 74 strikeouts and 128 innings in 23 games (21 starts). The fact that he has shown some promise in his short career thus far is something Chicago is very interested in seeing.
It is unknown if Moscoso will make the 25-man roster as the last remaining piece of the bullpen. However, the Cubs would not have brought him in less than a week before the regular season if they did not think he had a chance.