The Cubs are in agreement on a two-year deal with veteran utility player Daniel Descalso, per a Tuesday morning report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The contract maxes out at $8.25 million if he reaches performance bonuses and has his club option picked up for 2021
Descalso, 32, had a career year in 2018, posting a .238/.353/.436 slash line with 13 homers in 423 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks. He saw action at first base, second base, third base, left field, and as a mop-up reliever in 2018, and he’s also played 179 career games at shortstop (as well as a third of an inning in right field). He can reasonably be relied on to fill in at any position besides center field, pitcher, or catcher on a regular basis, with second base being the spot where he’s best defensively, though he may not get much action there in Chicago with all three of Javier Baez, Ben Zobrist, and David Bote being in the organization.
The Cubs had an opening on their bench for a left-handed hitter after trading Tommy La Stella to the Angels late last month.