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Cubs designate Carlos González for assignment


Veteran outfielder Carlos González has been designated for assignment, the Cubs announced Saturday. In a series of corresponding moves, left-hander Cole Hamels has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, as expected, while minor league relievers Dillon Maples and Rowan Wick have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

González, 33, inked a minor league pact with the Cubs at the end of May. Several years removed from the impressive .290+ batting averages and 2.0+ fWAR he produced with the Rockies, the outfielder struggled to find his footing in Chicago and slumped toward a .175/.306/.300 batting line with three extra-base hits and a .606 OPS in just 49 plate appearances for the team.

Despite his waning productivity at the plate, this may not be the end of González’s time with the Cubs. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the team would reportedly prefer that he take a minor league assignment in Triple-A Iowa if he clears waivers. Should that happen, it’ll be his choice to remain with the club or enter free agency and seek employment elsewhere.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.