The Cubs have claimed 26-year old LHRP Jerry Vasto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Vasto was acquired by KC from COL for C Drew Butera in a trade on 8/31.
The Cubs have signed INF Robel Garcia to a 2019 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa.
The 25-year old switch-hitting Garcia was a member of the Italian National team that was a guest of the Oakland Athletics at Fitch Park in Mesa over the past month. (Ex-Cubs minor leaguers RHP Alessandro Maestri and C-1B Alberto Mineo were also on the squad). Besides working out with the A's minor leaguers, Team Italy participated in a dozen AZ Instructional League games, and that's where the Cubs saw Garcia play before offering him a contract. NOTE: While the Cubs did not field an AZ Instructs team this year, Cubs professional scouts did attend games.
Garcia played for UniPolsai Bologna (Fortitudo B. C. 1953) in 2018. He hit 281/343/490 and was 2nd in the league in triples and 10th in doubles during the regular season, before hitting .400 in the semifinali serie and .357 in the finale serie as he helped lead his club to the Federazione Italiana Serie A1 (the Italian major league) championship.
The World Series is over, so the MLB off-season has begun.
It's Game Two of the World Series, so what better time to start thinking of the off-season and who goes where. Yes, yes--it's time for the TCR Free Agents Predictions Contest! http://bit.ly/tcr1819
Congrats again to Anthony, last year's winner, who had a whopping 12 points. See the final results here: http://bit.ly/tcr1718
In addition to the nine Cubs minor leaguers playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, 13 other Cubs minor leaguers are playing winter ball in Latin America: