The Cubs claimed Red Sox reliever Robert Stock off waivers Wednesday afternoon, according to a club announcement. Boston had designated Stock for assignment a week ago to make room for Joel Payamps, who was claimed from Arizona.
Stock, a former second-round pick of the Cardinals who consistently throws 100 mph, joined the Red Sox via waiver claim in late July. He bounced between the big-league team and the club’s alternate training site in Pawtucket for much of the season, making 10 appearances in the majors and posting a 4.73 ERA while striking out 14 batters.
Stock, 31, survived Boston’s initial 40-man roster purge but became the 11th pitcher the Red Sox have removed from their roster since the end of the season when Boston claimed Payamps, a 26-year-old right-hander. Only two of the 11 pitchers — Stock and Domingo Tapia, who was claimed by Seattle — were claimed on waivers, while the other nine (Matt Hall, Ryan Weber, Andrew Triggs, Robinson Leyer, Mike Kickham, Zack Godley, Dylan Covey and Kyle Hart went unclaimed by 29 clubs.
The Red Sox have a series of roster decisions to make before Wednesday’s 8 p.m. deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Boston has five players in that boat — relievers Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Austin Brice, catcher Kevin Plawecki and third baseman Rafael Devers — after agreeing to an $8.3 million salary with Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday.
Stock is a veteran of…