Cubs claim Mariners outfielder off waivers


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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed outfielder Jacob Hannemann off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Infielder Mike Freeman has been designated for assignment.

Hannemann, 26, was originally selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2013 Draft and has spent his entire professional career in the Cubs organization save for one month after being claimed off waivers by Seattle last September 4. While with the Mariners, Hannemann made his major league debut, going 3-for-20 (.150) with one homer and one RBI in 11 games. Prior to joining the Mariners, Hannemann combined to bat .240 (98-for-409) with 32 doubles, six homers, 32 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 114 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

The left-handed batter and thrower was drafted out of Brigham Young University and earned a Pacific Coast League Gold Glove last year. Overall, he is a .246 career hitter (432-for-1,753) with 98 doubles, 22 triples, 31 homers, 165 RBI and 120 stolen bases in 457 games covering five minor league campaigns.

Freeman, 30, batted .160 (4-for-25) in 15 games with the Cubs and .273 (21-for-77) in 23 games with Iowa this season.

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