Cubs drop Chris Volstad and his 7.46 ERA from the rotation

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Chris Volstad has been booted from the Cubs’ rotation and optioned to Triple-A after the 25-year-old right-hander went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts.

Volstad’s secondary numbers aren’t nearly as bad as his hideous ERA and he was generally a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins from 2008-2011, but it’s tough to stick with a guy who’s given up 36 runs in 41 innings and the Cubs have a capable replacement in Travis Wood waiting in the wings at Triple-A.

Wood hasn’t officially been called up yet, but Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he’ll step into Volstad’s rotation spot beginning Tuesday versus the Astros. He was acquired from the Reds in the Sean Marshall trade and the 25-year-old left-hander has a 4.19 ERA in 215 career innings.

Volstad came to Chicago in the Carlos Zambrano deal and will be paid $2.6 million in the minors.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.