Julio Borbon Claimed by the Cubs
The Chicago Cubs made a splash in the waiver pool by claiming Julio Borbon after he got designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs made another move by designating infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. Borbon, 27, is a career .283 hitter who spent parts of four seasons with the Rangers. He was designated for assignment on April 9 and the Rangers had 10 days to try to trade him. After a trade could not be worked out the Cubs claimed him on waivers.
Borbon arrived in Chicago Friday night and ended up pinch-running in the 9th inning. He was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game. Borbon will provide the club with outfield depth and possibly will have a starting role mid-season depending on what the Cubs do at the trade deadline. He is an interesting topic due to him being a highly regarded prospect and has hit at such a high level. The one thing missing is the pop from his bat, he will not hit many homers in the majors. Overall Grade on the move is a solid seven as he mostly will be used as outfield depth up until mid-season..
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