Cubs sign Peter Bourjos to minor-league deal

It’s a signing. Not a big signing, but a signing.

The Cubs added one more outfielder to the spring-training mix on Thursday:

Cubs agree to terms on a minor league deal with speedy OF Peter Bourjos.

— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 1, 2018

Peter Bourjos has played for the Angels, Cardinals, Phillies and Rays over the last eight seasons, mostly as a fourth outfielder/pinch-runner/defensive replacement type, though he did lead the American League in triples (11) and stole 22 bases in 2011.

This would appear to be strictly a signing for depth, as Bourjos doesn’t really have the on-base skills (career MLB OBP: .298) that this organization usually prizes.

If the Cubs do keep him out of spring training, he’ll likely be on the roster at Triple-A Iowa just in case there are any injuries where a veteran fill-in would be useful.

He’ll turn 31 at the end of March, and while he used to be a pretty good basestealer, that hasn’t been the case over the last three seasons. In 340 games from 2015-17, Bourjos has 16 stolen bases in 32 attempts, which is: 1) not very many attempts over that time frame, and 2) …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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