After finalizing their acquisition of outfielder Austin Jackson from the Mariners, the Cubs announced that they designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment.
Olt began the season on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, but he was merely viewed as a stopgap at third base until Kris Bryant was deemed ready for the majors. The 27-year-old went 2-for-15 (.133) with a home run over six games prior to going down with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. The injury cleared the way for Bryant’s major league debut. Olt ended up missing a couple of months, but he was batting .265 with nine home runs and a .793 OPS over 59 games with Triple-A Iowa.
Olt has never lived up to his top prospect status, putting up a .158/.245/.333 batting line over 314 plate appearances in the majors, but somebody could take a chance on him.