The Brewers have claimed INF Jeff Bianchi off waivers from the Cubs
The Cubs had a full 40-man roster before they signed Paul Maholm, and someone needed to be removed from the roster to make room for him. Unfortunately for Bianchi, he was that guy.
Bianchi was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Royals barely a month ago, and now he’s gone in a similar transaction to the Brewers. As I did then, I think Bianchi is probably a better player than Darwin Barney, but realistically he was facing long odds of making the team after a very poor season in 2011. Since they only picked him up a month ago, it’s reasonable to infer that the front office hoped to keep Bianchi; if he was placed on waivers but not claimed, they could haved outrighted him off the 40-man roster but still kept him in the system. But whatever their motivation, he’s with the Brewers now.