Cubs send Chris Volstad back to Triple-A to make room for Ryan Dempster’s return

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As expected the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the disabled list for today’s start, and to make room for his return they dropped Chris Volstad from the rotation and optioned him back to Triple-A.

Volstad was recalled from the minors Tuesday, got knocked around by the Braves for six runs in 4.1 innings, and heads back to Iowa with a hideous 7.94 ERA in nine starts overall this season.

In fact, Volstad hasn’t recorded a win in the majors for nearly an entire calendar year–July 10, 2011–during which time he’s 0-12 with a 5.68 ERA in 20 starts for the Cubs and Marlins. Prior to that year-long winless stretch Volstad had a 32-34 record and 4.68 ERA in 91 career starts.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.