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Cubs add a local product in waiver claim

3 weeks agoAndy Martinez

The Cubs continued to make some offseason acquisitions, claiming infielder Rylan Bannon, a Joliet native, off waivers from Atlanta.

The right-handed Bannon played high school baseball at Joliet Catholic Academy before playing collegiately at Xavier University. Bannon made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2022, appearing in 4 games. He was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers and then by the Braves, playing one game in the big leagues with Atlanta.

Bannon has hit .253 with an .805 OPS, 72 home runs and 276 RBI in 5 minor league seasons. He’s primarily played third base in the minor leagues (300 games), but also has spent time at second base (129 games).

The move gives the Cubs some positional and roster flexibility — he can play across the infield, but also has an option remaining, meaning the Cubs could opt to keep him at either the major league or minor league level as positional depth.

With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster sits at 39 players.

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