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The Cubs sign Shane Victorino to a minor league deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Given that the Cubs have a very full outfield at the moment, with fourth and fifth outfielders who could be starting lots of places, there will not be much room for the Flyin’ Hawaiian. But depth is depth and injuries happen and, worst case, this gives Victorino a chance to work out and play this spring with the hopes of catching on elsewhere.

Victorino played in 71 games between Boston and Anaheim last year and only 30 games in 2014. He was quite productive in 122 games back in 2013, when he was last fully healthy, so it’s not out of the question that he has a bit left in the tank for a backup role.