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Cubs sign Carlos Gonzalez to minor-league deal

Three years ago, this would have been exciting. But hey, it still might work.

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Carlos Gonzalez! CarGo! Remember when he used to torment the Cubs?

Well, now he might be able to help them:

Gonzalez, who is 33, was hitting .210/.282/.276 with two home runs in 105 at-bats for the Indians when they released him four days ago. He had decent, not great, numbers for the Rockies the last two seasons, playing at about replacement-player level after having put up several All-Star seasons for them from 2012-16. He’s had injury issues that have hurt his performance.

He’s making the MLB minimum this year, so this is a low-risk, high-reward type of signing. If CarGo can even be close to what he was in 2017 and 2018 for the Rockies, he’d certainly be a better player to have on the Cubs roster than, say, Jim Adduci (nothing personal, Jim). He can still play the corner outfield positions reasonably well.

I’d guess that the Cubs would have him play a few games at Triple-A Iowa just to get back up to speed and then join the big-league roster.

Nice signing, in my view.



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