Jason Jaramillo of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Cubs completed their minor league deal with catcher Jason Jaramillo, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes has learned. MLBTR reported in December that the Cubs were nearing a deal with the 29-year-old.
Jaramillo has hit .235/.293/.327 in 366 major league PA over three seasons, all with the Pirates. He'll compete in spring training for the backup spot behind Geovany Soto with Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger.
Jaramillo is, as far as I know, no relation to Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. He's a native of Racine, Wisconsin and played college ball at Oklahoma State. He had an elbow injury that forced him to miss much of the 2011 season. This appears to be a low-risk signing simply to give new manager Dale Sveum and staff another catching option in camp this spring.