Many of you have been thinking the Cubs were going to sign or trade for an outfielder to join the mix of Chris Coghlan, Junior Lake, Arismendy Alcantara, Ryan Sweeney, Jorge Soler and others.
Friday, they have apparently done so, according to Ken Rosenthal, though not any of the guys we have been thinking about:
The lefthanded-hitting Peterson, who turns 27 in February, has played all three outfield positions in the Cardinals and Athletics organizations as well as some first base. He went to the A's in 2009 as part of the deal that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis.
He has just seven major-league at-bats, all in 2013, playing a pair of games at first base for Oakland. Last season at Triple-A Sacramento, he hit .308/.381/.460 with 40 doubles and 11 home runs. His lifetime minor-league OBP is .376, so that's obviously appealing to this front office.
No official announcement has come from the Cubs on this move and after Jason Motte's signing was announced by Cubs press release earlier Friday, the 40-man roster is full. Someone will have to be removed to make room for Peterson. I should point out that he seems like a younger version of Ryan Sweeney, so maybe this spells the end of Sweeney's Cubs career.
As always, we await further developments (and confirmation of this deal).
UPDATE: The further developments included the claim of catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Dodgers, who had claimed him from the Red Sox two weeks ago. Lavarnway was the Red Sox' sixth-round choice in 2008 by the current Cubs front-office team. He was at one time a top prospect, in the top 100 for both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus in 2012. He turned 27 in August and hits righthanded. As of now I'd see him catching at Iowa, though if Welington Castillo can be dealt, he could wind up a platoon partner for Miguel Montero.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Peterson and Lavarnway, Donn Roach (who has been a Cub for 37 days and probably not even fitted for a spring-training jersey yet) and Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.