The Cubs are set to acquire outfielder Leonys Martin from the Mariners, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. The Mariners’ return is not yet known, but it’s likely cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Martin, 29, has had a really rough season, batting .174/.221/.287 in 122 plate appearances in the majors this season. He’s spent most of his time with Triple-A Tacoma, where he’s been more successful, batting .307/.348/.494 in 385 plate appearances.
With rosters expanding soon, Martin will provide outfield depth down the stretch for the Cubs. If he plays well enough, he could be a consideration for the Cubs’ postseason roster if they make it.
Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis has reunited with the Indians, per a team announcement on Saturday. Davis has agreed to a minor league contract and is attending camp on a non-roster invite.
Davis is only two years removed from his last gig with the Indians, when he helped fuel the team’s pennant chase in 2016. He split his 2017 campaign with the Athletics and Red Sox, but wasn’t able to replicate the numbers that made his performance so memorable in Cleveland. The 37-year-old outfielder slashed a combined .235/.293/.348 with five home runs and 29 stolen bases in 366 plate appearances for the two clubs.
The Indians already have an established outfield trio with Michael Brantley, Bradley Zimmer and Lonnie Chisenhall, though Brantley’s ankle injuries may keep him out of the lineup for the next several weeks. Corner outfielder Brandon Guyer is also currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian notes that Jason Kipnis is in line to slot in for Brantley, while Davis and fellow non-roster invitee Melvin Upton Jr. are expected to provide backup and platoon options in the outfield if they can’t secure full-time roles.