1/18 Cubs sign Jason Jaramillo

The Cubs have signed catcher Jason Jaramillo to a Minor League deal. He has batted .235 in 366 big league plate appearances over the last three seasons with the Pirates. A second-round pick of the Phillies, Jaramillo, 29, was bothered last season by an elbow injury. He’ll compete with Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger for the backup catcher’s job on the Cubs.

The Cubs have yet to announce their non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 18.

— Carrie Muskat



That’s good, more competition is a good thing. Not at all like having Koyie Hill’s complete lack of competition wasting a spot. In fact, it may be just a matter of time before Jaramillo, Clevenger or Castillo (who has shown he was MUCH superior to Hill the last two seasons but Hendry is what Hendry is…) seriously challenge the vulnerable Soto for the starting job. I am kind of surprised Jason Varitek wasn’t broutht in for the back up role as he could have spelled LaHair at 1B and brought some veteran guidance to some youngsters.

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