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Cubs acquire DH/OF Jose Martinez from Rays to fill RH hitting need

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USA TODAY

The Cubs filled at least one roster need on the eve of the trade deadline, acquiring designated hitter/outfielder Jose Martinez from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday for a combination of players to be named later and/or cash considerations.

The deal was finalized as manager David Ross discussed the team's lack of right-handed hitting depth in the lineup with Kris Bryant (thumb/wrist) and Steven Souza Jr. (hamstring) on the injured list and 27 games left in the season.

"That's the question mark," Ross said, "still finding that right-handed bat that may be missing that [lengthens the lineup].

"I still think our best is yet to come, offensively for sure."

The Cubs in particular have struggled mightily against left-handers this year, and Martinez has a .946 career OPS vs. lefties (.773 vs. right-handers), although that performance hasn't shown up in this year's small sample size.

The deal includes a combination of cash and/or as many as two players to be named later.

Martinez, a former Cardinal, has just under $400,000 left on the second year of a two-year contract.

Martinez, 32, is a .294 career hitter (.815 OPS) who's hitting .239 (.717) in 76 plate appearances this year, used as a DH and first baseman so far this year.

He is not expected to join the team until after the scheduled off day Monday.

Catcher Josh Phegley was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Martinez.

The Cubs still seek bullpen help before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline.

 
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