Cubs reportedly sign veteran second baseman
|Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 4:35 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs are adding to their infield depth with the expected signing of free-agent second baseman Jason Kipnis to a minor league deal.
According to multiple reports, it's not official as he still has to pass the physical with the team. MLB insider Jon Heyman is reporting that it is a minor league deal worth $1 million if he makes the big-league squad.
Theo Epstein said the team has a couple of moves to make this spring.
"We'll probably have a couple of small moves, adding guys on minor league deals."
It wouldn't be the worst idea to sign him to a minor-league deal if they are trying to bring Nico Hoerner slowly along at second base. For Kipnis, this would be a dream come true for him to get back on the North Side to finish his career as he grew up in Northbrook and a huge Cubs fan.
With Hernan Perez and Kipnis more versatile than Daniel Descalso, it is likely that the Cubs might end up parting ways with the veteran at some point to save some money.
Kipnis hit .245 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs (82 wRC+) with the Cleveland Indians last season. He is a tough hitter against righties with a .284 in 70 at-bats in 2019.
For his career, the lefty hitter is a .261 hitter with 123 homers and 529 RBIs (career 103 wRC+). He is also a two-time All-Star.
Theo: “We’ll probably have a couple small moves, adding guys on minor league deals. "— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) February 11, 2020
Expect Glenbrook North's very own Jason Kipnis to be one of them. Cubs zeroing in. The second most famous alum from there.
Cubs are working on a Minor League/NRI contract with FA second baseman Jason Kipnis. Still has to take physical with team.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 11, 2020
Can confirm Cubs close to adding local "kid" Jason Kipnis on a non-roster, minor-league deal.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 11, 2020