Cubs option Jose Martinez, add speedy outfielder


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Martinez is headed to South Bend (Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Martinez is headed to South Bend (Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today added outfielder Billy Hamilton to the 28-man active roster and optioned infielder/outfielder José Martínez to the club’s South Bend Alternate Site.

Hamilton, who will wear uniform number six, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. He was claimed off waivers yesterday from the New York Mets.

Hamilton, who turns 30 tomorrow, is a career .241 hitter (681-for-2,829) with 410 runs scored, 101 doubles, 36 triples and 302 stolen bases in 826 major league games covering all or part of eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2013-18), Kansas City Royals (2019), Atlanta Braves (2019) and Mets (2020). He surpassed 55 stolen bases in four-straight years from 2014-17 and he ranks third among all active players in career stolen bases. Hamilton batted .045 (1-for-22) with three stolen bases in 17 games with the Mets and was designated for assignment on September 4.

Martínez, 32, is hitless in 14 at-bats for the Cubs since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on August 30. Overall, he is batting .198 (16-for-81) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in 30 games between the two stops this year.

Chicago’s 60-man Player Pool roster stands at 59 players, with 28 active players on the major league roster (plus three 10-day injured list players) and 28 players in South Bend.

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