16:09: The Cubs officially optioned Newcomb’s contract to Game 2. Infielder. David Valtis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to clear a needed active roster spot.
11:22 a.m.: Before today’s matchup against the Cardinals, the Cubs announced some rosters to reporters, including Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. Left handed Matt Dermody has had his contract picked up and will be the club’s ’27th Man’ during the double bill. A friend is left-handed Sean Newcomb the contract to start the second match will also be selected. No players were added to today’s 40-man roster, though trade deadline moves left the Cubs at 37, meaning no corresponding moves will be needed. Between games, however, Newcomb will need to carve out a spot on the active roster.
Newcomb, 29, was once a highly touted player in Atlanta and was the 2017-19 player. During that time, he pitched 332 1/3 innings with a 3.87 ERA, 23% strikeouts, 11.6% walks and 44.7% ground balls. However, the 2020s were miserable for him and he was transferred to the army in 2021, but since then he has not really regained his previous form. Atlanta designated him for assignment in April and then dealt him to the Cubs, who were certainly hoping for a bounce.
He didn’t last long with the Cubs, was designated for assignment and was declared open after being cleared off waivers. From then on, he pitched well in the minors and got stretched out during that time. He threw 24 triple-A innings with a 3.38 ERA, 30.7% strikeout rate and 44.9% ground ball rate, albeit with a frightening 17.8% walk rate. His outings have slowly increased as the season has progressed, and he’s gone four innings in each of his last two appearances.
This could be just the beginning for Newcomb to help cap the doubleheader. He no longer has options and cannot be returned to the minors later. Although if he remains on the roster, he could be retained in arbitration after this campaign.
Dermody, 32, has 29 games of MLB experience, most of which will come against the Blue Jays in 2017. Since then, he has only played once in the big leagues, and in 2020. he appeared with the Cubs. with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball, and in January returned to sign a minor league deal with the Cubs. While the Cubs mostly relieved him for most of his career, the Cubs allowed him a bit of extension in the minors this year. He made 13 starts and seven relief appearances on the season, pitching 79 1/3 innings with a 3.74 ERA, 20.3% strikeouts, 5.2% walks and 51.2% ground ball rate. Unlike Newcomb, he has options and could be sent back to serve as Triple-A depth.