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Cubs build catching depth with waiver addition

7 months agoTony Andracki

Jed Hoyer added to the Cubs’ catching depth Friday afternoon as the team claimed Brian Serven off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Serven represents the Cubs’ first big-league addition to the roster this winter, coming a few days into the new calendar year.

The former 5th-round pick (2016) turns 29 this spring and bats right-handed. He made his MLB debut with the Rockies in May of the 2022 season and has appeared in 73 games over the past 2 seasons.

Serven has a career .195/.248/.314 slash line (.562 OPS) in the majors, though he was quite a bit more productive throughout 7 minor-league seasons (.727 OPS). In 2022, he hit .273 with a .406 on-base percentage and .913 OPS in 23 games in Triple-A before his promotion.

The Cubs will fold Serven into the catching corps alongside veteran Yan Gomes and Miguel Amaya.

Gomes is coming off a very solid season and serves as another coach on the field with the way he manages the pitching staff. After years of standing as one of the organization’s top prospects, Amaya made his MLB debut in 2023 and impressed the team, firmly entrenching himself as the catcher of the future.

Earlier this offseason, the Cubs added a pair of catchers (Jorge Alfaro, Joe Hudson) on minor-league deals.

With Serven’s addition, the Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.

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