Cubs trade outfielder to Rays
|Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:12 PM-|
MESA – The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Harold Ramirez.
Quiroz, 30, last season hit .268 (57-for-213) with 19 doubles, 12 home runs, 48 RBI, 43 walks and a .927 OPS in 68 games for Triple-A Durham. He was acquired by the Rays March 26, 2020, to complete the trade that sent outfielder Tommy Pham to the Padres and spent the 2020 campaign at the Rays Alternate Training Site.
The five-foot six-inch Quiroz appeared in 96 games for Triple-A El Paso in the Padres chain in 2019 and tied for fifth among Padres minor league players with 19 home runs while his 66 RBI tied for ninth. He was the starting second baseman for the Mexican National Team that year and helped the club secure a berth in the 2020 Olympics.
Quiroz, a left-handed hitter, spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Mexican League starting in 2011. In 2015, he helped Quintana Roo win the Serie del Rey, batting .323 (20-for-62) with a home run and 12 RBI in 19 postseason games. In 2016, he ranked second in the Mexican League with a .449 on-base percentage and reached in 34-straight games from June 9-August 3 with Quintana Roo.
Between his time in the Mexican League and in the Boston (2018), San Diego (2019) and Tampa Bay (2021) systems, Quiroz has predominately played second base (525 games) and shortstop (224 games) while also seeing time at third base and all three outfield positions.
Ramirez, 27, was acquired by the Cubs from Cleveland November 22, 2021, for a cash consideration.