Cubs claim former Mariners outfielder off waivers


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Ervin is a solid outfielder (Darren Yamashita - USA Today Sports
Ervin is a solid outfielder (Darren Yamashita - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed outfielder Phillip Ervin off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Chicago’s 40-man roster is at 37 players.

Ervin, 28, is a career .247 hitter (145-for-586) with 17 homers and 68 RBI in 237 games spanning all or part of four seasons with the Reds (2017-20) and Mariners (2020). The right-handed hitter owns a .277 career batting average (61-for-220) with an .811 OPS against left-handed pitching and has seen time at all three outfield positions, predominantly in left field (115 games).

In 2019, Ervin led Cincinnati with seven triples in his most extensive big league action, hitting .271 (64-for-236) with 11 doubles and seven home runs in 94 games. Ervin last season combined to bat .149 (11-for-74) with four RBI in 37 games between the Reds and Mariners, seeing time in right field (19 games), left field (10 games) and center field (seven games). He was claimed off waivers by Seattle, September 3, and was designated for assignment by the Mariners on December 16.

Originally selected by Cincinnati in the first round (27th overall) of the 2013 draft out of Samford University in Homewood, Ala., Ervin owns a .256 average (570-for-2,226) with 128 doubles, 18 triples, 61 homers, 323 RBI and 153 stolen bases in 614 career minor league contests.

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