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Cubs add to catching depth with minor league deal

3 months agoTony Andracki

The Cubs have added some veteran depth to their catching position.

According to FanSided’s Robert Murray, the Cubs have inked Jorge Alfaro to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training:

Alfaro, 30, is a right-handed hitter who made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 2016. He has played in 496 MLB games throughout his career with the Phillies, Marlins, Padres, Rockies and Red Sox.

He only appeared in 18 contests in Colorado and Boston last season, hitting .146 with a 31 OPS+.

Alfaro’s best season came in 2019 when he posted a .262/.312/.425 slash line (.736 OPS) with 18 homers, 57 RBI and 44 runs.

He has also seen time at DH (22 games), left field (21 games) and first base (6 games) throughout his career.

Alfaro was considered one of the top prospects in the game for multiple seasons in a row, topping out at No. 39 on MLB’s overall rankings prior to the 2014 season. He was also the No. 41 prospect on Baseball America’s list heading into 2017.

The Cubs are already in a good spot in their catching depth chart with Yan Gomes and Miguel Amaya. The team picked up Gomes’ option for 2024 and Amaya had a promising debut season in 2023. Alfaro can serve as depth in case of injury.

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