Varvaro (elbow) elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Varvaro missed the majority of the 2015 season after undergoing season-ending surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right arm in May. He should be ready for the start of the 2016 season though, and figures to find himself on a major league roster wherever he lands.
The Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for cash. In order to make room for Peguero on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred pitcher Anthony Varvaro to the 60-day disabled list. Peguero was hitting .186/.310/.414 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 70 at-bats with the Rangers.
The Cubs returned pitcher Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox, after he was more seriously injured than first known. Varvaro was designated for assignment on April 29, and the Cubs claimed him off waivers on May 3. The Cubs also designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Triple-A. Varvaro was diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. The Red Sox released a statement, saying, "As a result of his medical condition on the date of his outright assignment to the Cubs, the severity of which was unknown to the Red Sox at the time of the assignment, both clubs agreed that it would be appropriate to return Varvaro to the Red Sox for placement on the disabled list in accordance with the Major League rules." Varvaro was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 29.
Cubs relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro has cleared waivers and is expected to head to Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune. Varvaro was designated for assignment last week when the team called up reliever Justin Grimm. Varvaro posted an 0-1 record with a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings of work.
The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Wednesday's game in St. Louis, per the team's official website. The club activated right-hander Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-hander Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.