Cubs claim infielder off waivers from Detroit


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Rah Mehta - USA Today Sports
Rah Mehta - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Cubs today claimed infielder Sergio Alcántara off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Chicago’s 40-man roster stands at 38 players.

Alcántara, 24, made his major league debut with the Tigers last season, appearing in 10 games and batting .143 (3-for-21) with a triple, home run and RBI while seeing time at both second base (six games) and third base (six games). The switch-hitter batted .257 (18-for-70) with two home runs and eight RBI for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

Alcántara owns a .256 career average (580-for-2,266) with 86 doubles, 14 triples, nine home runs and 187 RBI in 631 minor league games between the Arizona (2013-17) and Detroit (2017-20) organizations. He has appeared primarily at shortstop (545 games) in the minors as well as second base (73 games) and third base (five games).

Tabbed by Baseball America as possessing the “best infield arm” in the Tigers system following the 2019 season, Alcántara originally signed with Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2012. He was acquired by Detroit in a four-player deal that sent outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks, July 18, 2017.

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