The Cubs have made four big agent signings so far in the offseason, acquiring Dansby Swanson, Jameson Taillon, Cody Bellinger, and most recently Tucker Barnhart. The team is expected to make some extra moves, as well as attack and a couple more shooters. They’ve also added some depth with minor league signings and those transactions were made official on Thursday.
The Cubs have signed quarterback Sergio Alcantara, outfielder Ben DeLuzio, and left-handed pitchers Eric Stoute and Ruinis Elias to minor-league contracts that include invitations to spring training. Right-handed pitcher Nick Purdy, who was a Rule 5, will be at camp in Arizona.
You guys probably remember Alcantara from the 2021 season, when he played in 89 games with the Cubs. It’s always nice to have a slugger, with some MLB experience, in the minors, but again this is purely a deep move. Alcántara has a career slanted streak of .209/.281/.343, with 12 home runs in 446 at-bats with the Tigers, Cubs, Diamondbacks and Padres, playing for these teams since 2020.
Meanwhile, Ben DeLuzio could have had a chance at making the Cubs roster as the fifth outfielder. He made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2022. He has great speed and is known to be a good defender. You can read more about his career here.
Another interesting signing is left-handed pitcher Ruinis Elias. The 34-year-old is mostly known for his time with the Seattle Mariners, where he broke into the majors in 2014. Elias started his career as a rookie, but after a few years he was used as an assistant and even finished games. for sailors.
Elias was returning from Tommy John surgery in 2022, and after some struggles, he was back in the starting rotation in the minors and has been heading ever since. He’s been dominating the Dominican Winter League and who knows, he might become a solid option for the Cubs at some point during the 2023 season.
Read more about Elias here.
Eric Stoute was a member of the Cubs organization for a few months in 2022. He was caught in March, but made only two relief appearances for the Cubs before being made a DFA and claimed for waiver by the Pirates in June. Stout struggled in Pittsburgh, posting a 5.79 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 18.2 innings pitched. The 29-year-old has made just 23 appearances in the major leagues, with the other three appearing for the Royals in 2018.
Right-hander Nick Purdy was a second-round pick by the Pirates and has the potential to be another interesting option for the Cubs next season. He’s back from Tommy John surgery and hopefully he’s healthy and has something left in the tank. Burdi definitely has some tools to like, including a very good fastball.
more on burdy, here.
Finally, the Cubs are bringing former hitting coach John Mallee back to the organization after letting him go after the 2017 season. Mallee was the team’s hitting coach from 2014-17. Since then, he’s been with the Phillies and from 2020-22, Mallee was the assistant hitting coach for the Dodgers .
Now, Malley will be the hitting coach for the Iowa Cubs at Triple-A in 2023.
Also, Greg Brown, who was the Cubs’ hitting coach in 2022, is back with the team and will work with junior players.
Back in November, the Cubs named Dustin Kelly as the team’s new hitting coach, replacing Brown who had been hired the previous year.