Cubs acquire former catcher in trade
The Cubs pulled off a minor trade over the weekend to acquire a familiar face.
The team acquired catcher P.J. Higgins from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. Higgins was drafted by the Cubs in 2015 and debuted with the team in 2021. Last season, he played in 74 games, hitting .229/.310/.383 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI while primarily playing catcher and first base.
Higgins will report to Triple-A. The I-Cubs suffered an injury to their catching corps when veteran Dom Nuñez was placed on the 7-day IL on Saturday. Iowa had just one catcher on their roster — Bryce Windham. They activated Jake Washer from the developmental list on Saturday to serve as a backup, but Washer has spent most of the season on the developmental list.
With the move, Higgins will provide depth at both the minor and major league levels. The Cubs are carrying three catchers at the major league level — Yan Gomes, Tucker Barnhart and Miguel Amaya. Higgins, like Nuñez, provides veteran depth with major-league experience if needed.