Cubs add outfield depth in trade with Guardians


The Cubs added outfield depth Monday, acquiring Harold Ramirez from the Guardians for a cash consideration.

Ramirez spent the past two seasons with Cleveland, slashing .268/.305/.398 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs in 99 games in 2021. 

The 27-year-old broke into the big leagues with the Marlins in 2019, batting .276/.312/.416 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 119 games. His 116 hits that season ranked sixth among National League rookies.

Ramirez, a right-handed hitter, has experience at all three outfield spots and was solid against lefties in 2021 (.288/.333/.441 in 126 plate appearances).

The Cubs now have eight outfielders on their 40-man roster in Ramirez, Jason Heyward, Ian Happ, Rafael Ortega, Michael Hermosillo, Greg Deichmann and prospects Alexander Canario and Nelson Velazquez.

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Ramirez, whom Cleveland designated for assignment Friday, is out of minor league options.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38.

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