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Cubs sign Jason Kipnis to minor-league deal

The former Indians star will get a chance to make the Cubs roster.

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Last week, I reported that the Cubs were interested in former Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Earlier Tuesday, Jesse Rogers said a deal was nearly complete:

And now, that signing is done:

It’s not confirmed, but I would presume the $1 million is only if Kipnis makes the major-league roster. The fact that they offered him such a deal means he’ll probably get every chance to make the team in spring training.

As noted in both those tweets, Kipnis is a Chicago-area native who played high school ball at Glenbrook North in Northbrook. He played his college ball at the University of Kentucky and Arizona State, and went on to have several excellent seasons in Cleveland which included two All-Star nods.

In recent years, injuries have slowed down Kipnis, including a wrist injury last year that shut him down for the season’s last two weeks. His last really good season was 2016, and in the World Series that year, Kipnis hurt his hometown team when he did this at Wrigley Field [VIDEO].

That three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 4 off Travis Wood turned a 4-1 game into a 7-1 game and the Tribe’s rout was on. That series all worked out fine for the Cubs, so let’s welcome Kipnis — who was a huge Cubs fan growing up — to the North Side.

With Kipnis and Hernan Perez as non-roster infielders in camp, Daniel Descalso’s time on the Cubs roster would appear to be growing short. I’d rather have either Kipnis or Perez than Descalso. Perez can play shortstop and Kipnis has played some center field, and both of those would be more useful than Descalso’s skillset.

I’d give pretty good odds that one of Kipnis, Perez or both could be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. If Kipnis does make the team, he’ll have to change the number he’s worn through his entire Cleveland career — 22.


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