Biagini signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Dec. 17, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Biagini will try his luck in a new organization after he elected free agency this offseason when Houston outrighted him off its 40-man roster. During the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Biagini missed time with a sore shoulder and wasn't effective when healthy, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. Given that he has 221 MLB appearances on his resume, Biagini's minor-league deal will likely include an invitation to big-league spring training, so he should have the opportunity to compete for a spot in Chicago's Opening Day bullpen.
Biagini elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Biagini's tenure with the Astros was a disaster. Since joining the team at the trade deadline in 2019, he's posted a 10.42 ERA and 2.32 WHIP over 19 innings. As a 30-year-old with a 5.59 ERA over his last four seasons, he's unlikely to be a hot commodity as a free agent.
The Astros outrighted Biagini to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Biagini went unclaimed off waivers after the Astros designated him for assignment last week ahead of their wild-card series with the Twins. The right-handed reliever will have the option of declining the outright assignment, which would allow him to hit free agency before the postseason concludes.
The Astros designated Biagini for assignment Tuesday.
The transaction clears a spot on the Astros' 40-man roster and postseason roster for outfielder Chas McCormick. Biagini was roughed up in his four appearances out of the Houston bullpen during the regular season, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks in 4.1 innings.
Biagini was optioned to the Astros' alternate training site Friday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Biagini has endured quite a rough time on the mound this season, allowed 10 runs in just 4.1 innings of work. Chris Devenski (arm) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Biagini (shoulder) was activated from the injured list Saturday and Brandon Bailey was optioned to the Astros' alternate training site in a corresponding move, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Biagini made just one appearance out of the bullpen before being sent to the injured list, allowing a run on two hits while striking out a batter in two-thirds of an inning. He is expected to be used in low-leverage situations upon his return to the bullpen.
Biagini hit the injured list with shoulder soreness Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Biagini allowed a run on two hits while recording just two outs in his lone appearance of the season Sunday against Seattle. It's not yet clear when he's expected to return. Andre Scrubb was called up to take his place in the bullpen.
Biagini is expected to claim one of the bullpen spots to start the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Biagini was on the bubble during spring training, but the expansion of rosters to 30 players creates space for the 30-year-old right-hander. Whether he survives the cuts when rosters shrink to 28 then 26 is uncertain. Houston has a few arms competing for the No. 5 starter, and the pitchers that don't claim that job could move to the bullpen, eventually pushing Biagini out of a spot.
Biagini was still in the mix for one of the final two bullpen spots when spring training was halted, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Biagini is one of four candidates for two relief spots. After being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in 2019, the right-hander was lit up for a 7.36 ERA, gave up six home runs in 14.2 innings, and was left off the playoff roster.
Biagini signed a one-year contract with the Astros on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Biagini posted a 4.59 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 60:26 K:BB over 64.2 innings in 2019. He's expected to slot in near the middle of Houston's bullpen heading into the 2020 campaign.
Biagini won't be on the Astros' ALDS roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Biagini recorded an unremarkable 4.59 ERA in 64.2 innings with the Blue Jays and Astros this season. He'll continue throwing throughout the ALDS and could be a factor in the ALCS, should Houston advance.
Biagini allowed one hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings, picking up a hold in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Biagini, a former Blue Jay, has been slow to adjust to the Astros' analytically advanced system since he was acquired at the trade deadline. Prior to Friday's appearance, he allowed 14 hits and walked five over 8.2 innings. Since his arrival, the Astros have asked him to eschew his sinker-driven pitching plan for one that throws more four-seam fastballs and his high-spin-rate curve, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I feel like there is some definite reason to use it more than I have been," Biagini said. "Especially trying to throw it hard and kind of trust the pitch instead of just trying to place it different places like I had been doing more of earlier this season. I think that could be good because I think it adds a wrinkle to what I could offer."
Biagini was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to Thursday's game against the Tigers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Ryan Pressly (arthroscopic knee surgery) was placed on the 10-day injured list, so Houston summoned Biagini to take the vacant spot in the bullpen. He has a 3.63 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 57 MLB innings this season.
Biagini was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock following Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Biagini allowed one run over three inning during the nightcap after scheduled starter Gerrit Cole (hamstring) was scratched, and he'll move to the minors in favor of a fresh arm. The 29-year-old has a 2.64 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 17 innings since the All-Star break, so he figures to make a fairly quick return to the majors.
Biagini was traded from Toronto to Houston for an undisclosed return on Wednesday, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
After struggling for two straight seasons, Biagini owns a solid 3.86 ERA in 49 innings this season, striking out a career-best 23.4 percent of opposing batters. He isn't likely to get close to the conversation for saves in Houston but will still be a valuable bullpen arm.
Biagini struck out three batters over 1.2 perfect innings of relief in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Tigers.
The right-hander hasn't given up a run in four appearances since the All-Star break, posting a 6:1 K:BB in four innings during that stretch. On the season, Biagini has a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB through 44 frames, adding three wins, a save and a career-high 11 holds to his ledger.
Biagini allowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks across one-third of an inning in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Biagini was named the interim closer with Ken Giles (elbow) on the injured list. However, his stint got off to a shaky start, as he issued a pair of walks and surrendered a double after coming in with two on in the eighth. Daniel Hudson was ultimately able to successfully navigate the Blue Jays out of the jam with a win, adding murkiness to the short-term save picture in Toronto.
Biagini will serve as Toronto's closer while Ken Giles (elbow) is on the injured list, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Giles isn't expected to miss more than 10 days while on the shelf, so Biagini's time as closer will likely be brief. The 29-year-old Biagini has been solid in a setup role for the Blue Jays this season, compiling a 3.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB in 28.2 innings of work.
Biagini gave up a run on a solo home run over 1.2 innings of relief in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.
It's the second straight appearance in which a Boston hitter has taken Biagini yard, and the right-hander has been charged with runs in four of his last seven outings. His 3.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 20:7 K:BB through 22 innings are still solid, and he'll likely remain in a high-leverage role for Toronto given the team's lack of other reliable options.
Biagini struck out one and allowed no baserunners to record his first save of the season Monday in a 5-3 win over the Twins.
Biagini had only two career saves coming into Monday, and this was the first ninth-inning save. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo relayed that Ken Giles was sick and not available for the save opportunity, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Biagini has a 3.38 ERA and a 11:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through nine appearances this season but is not likely to see an increase in save chances.
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