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Cubs sign Carlos Gonzalez to minor league deal

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 05: Carlos Gonzalez #24 of the Cleveland Indians reacts as he runs out a pop fly with men on base to end the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on May 05, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports that the Cubs have signed Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league deal.

The Indians designated Gonzalez for assignment a week ago after he batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334.

A depth move for Chicago. Gonzalez will have to prove himself in Iowa and hope for a break.

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