Cubs sign Mike Baxter

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According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Cubs have signed outfielder Mike Baxter to a minor league contract.

You might remember Baxter from his time with the Mets from 2011-2013. Most notably, the Queens native made a highlight reel catch in the game in which Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, 2012. The 30-year-old is a .225/.331/.342 hitter over 423 plate appearances in the majors and appeared four games with the Dodgers last year.

Baxter is unlikely to crack the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, but he’s useful depth to have around at the Triple-A level. And he’ll always be aces with Mets fans.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.