CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles while infielder Brendan Ryan has been released from the roster. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina has been claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The club's 40-man roster remains at 40 players.
Olmos, 25, was claimed off waivers by Chicago from Seattle, December 4, before he was claimed off waivers by Baltimore, December 10.
Olmos went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14.0 IP) in six appearances with the Mariners last season, including two starts. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma where he went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) in 20 games (two starts). The southpaw has a career 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA (11 ER/19.0 IP) in 11 major league contests, as he made five appearances with the Marlins in 2013, his only other major league stint.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Olmos was originally selected by the Marlins in the third round of the 2008 Draft out of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif. He is 16-38 with a 4.44 ERA (258 ER/522.2 IP) in 199 career minor league games (73 starts) over eight professional seasons.
Ryan, 33, was acquired from the Yankees, December 17, to complete the trade in which the Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named for infielder Starlin Castro, December 8.
Medina, 27, was designated for assignment, December 17. He went 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA (11 ER/21.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances between Seattle and the Cubs last season.