ROUND ROCK -- It's been a crazy year for John Gaub.
The 27-year-old southpaw began the season in Spring Training with the Cubs before being claimed off waivers by the Rays in April. He made 16 appearances with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, N.C., before being claimed off waivers again, this time by the Rangers on May 24. He did not give up a run in five outings for Triple-A Round Rock, striking out four and walking two in 4 2/3 innings.
"Do I miss it? Yeah, I miss it," Gaub said of his time with the Rangers' Triple-A squad. "Round Rock is one of, if not the best, places to play."
But he barely spent two weeks in the Rangers' farm system before being claimed off waivers for the third time in as many months. The Cardinals picked him up on June 9.
"Needless to say, I haven't signed a lease for any sort of housing," Gaub said. "I've been renting cars everywhere I go to get around, which is kind of tough, but it's been a different year. It's going by fast. I'm just trying to stick around somewhere and pitch in the big leagues."
Gaub, who has gone 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 games with Triple-A Memphis, had his only big league experience last year with the Cubs. In four appearances, he gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. Now, he's working for an opportunity to earn a spot on the big league roster of another National League Central team.
"St. Louis is a great city. It would be a golden opportunity to be able to pitch for the Cardinals," Gaub said. "I know I'm needed here for the left-handed relief pitching. Hopefully, I can throw well for a long enough period of time to get an opportunity in the big leagues. We'll see. Who knows what could happen?"