Cubs trade for former Cardinals outfielder


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Jose Martinez will provide the Cubs with added depth in the outfield and can also serve as a designated hitter down the stretch. (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Jose Martinez will provide the Cubs with added depth in the outfield and can also serve as a designated hitter down the stretch. (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — Jose Martinez had his fair share of success playing against the Chicago Cubs while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2016-19. Now, he will have the chance to suit up for the Cubs. Chicago's front office traded for Martinez on Sunday, with the deal coming ahead of Monday's trade deadline. The former St. Louis outfielder was previously traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason, where he has served as a designated hitter.

Acquiring Martinez in return for two players to be named later or cash considerations, the Cubs added a veteran right-handed power hitter with a great arm by acquiring 32-year-old Martinez, who hit .239 with two home runs and 10 RBIs through 24 appearances with the Rays. Catcher Joshua Phegley was designated for assignment by the Cubs in order to make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster.

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