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Cubs roster move: Welcome back, Jacob Hannemann, reclaimed on waivers

And farewell to Mike Freeman.

Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Jacob Hannemann was the Cubs’ third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of Brigham Young. He moved steadily through the organization and played in some big-league spring training games for the team, as in the one shown above from last February.

The Seattle Mariners claimed Hannemann off waivers from the Cubs last September 4. He played in 11 games for the Mariners, starting four of them. He went 3-for-20 with one home run, which you can see here [VIDEO].

Hannemann’s next home run could come as a member of the Cubs:

Hannemann is an outfielder with some speed, so he could be of some value going forward, unless he’s waived again, which is entirely possible. Otherwise he’ll come to spring training as a member of the 40-man roster.

The Cubs really did need a better backup middle infielder than Mike Freeman, who can’t hit at all at the big-league level. There are certainly going to be guys like that available this offseason. For now, farewell, Mike, and you’ll get a share of whatever postseason money goes to the NLCS runner-up.