The Cubs made a surprise move on Thursday, reportedly signing former Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a Minor League deal.
Can confirm that Cubs are signing Carlos Gonzalez to a Minor League contract. @ESPNChiCubs first on the news. If Cubs don’t think Ian Happ is ready (and still want Mark Zagunis to get regular ABs at AAA), I could see Gonzalez as an option in the near future off MLB bench.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 30, 2019
Gonzalez was designated for assignment by the Indians and released on Sunday. He was batting just .210 in 30 games this season. Gonzalez signed with Cleveland on a Minor League deal in March.
For his career, Gonzalez’s batting average is .285 with 1,425 hits and 233 home runs in 12 seasons. He is a 3x All-Star and 3x Gold Glove winner. Gonzalez has also won the Silver Slugger Award 2x and was the NL Batting Champion in 2010.
Gonzalez could be the short-term replacement this season for Ben Zobrist, who might retire soon.
Carlos Gonzalez agrees to minors deal with Cubs. Will report to triple a Des Moines tomorrow then likely get spot on Mlb team as lefty bat off bench. Jesse Rogers 1st
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 30, 2019