4/19 Cubs claim Borbon

The Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Rangers. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Alberto Gonzalez was designated for assignment.

Borbon, 27, is a career .283 hitter in 216 games covering all or part of four seasons with the Rangers. A left-handed hitter, he has 40 stolen bases. He has played most of his time in center field. Borbon made his Major League debut as a 23-year-old in 2009 and batted .312 with 19 stolen bases and a .376 on-base percentage in 46 games with the Rangers. He played in a career-high 137 games with Texas in 2010, batting .276 before splitting the 2011 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock.

Last season, Borbon spent the year with Round Rock, where he batted .304 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs, 78 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 133 games. In 2013, he batted .317 (19-for-60) in 32 games with the Rangers during Spring Training and was hitless in one at-bat during the regular season before being designated for assignment on April 9.

— Carrie Muskat


I think Julio Borbon is an absolute steal as a waiver pickup. He’s not a great player, but a nice addition as a reserve outfielder, especially with Sappelt’s slow start. They were asking way too much back in a trade for him and got burned. I’ll bet the Cubs can still trade him away for less than the Rangers were asking (and without the time constraints the Rangers had with the DFA clock ticking) – there were a few other teams interested. Need to bring up an infielder with Gonzalez being optioned though – perhaps Logan Watkins who’s already on the 40. I like it. Golf Clap.

Sounds like he could easily take over CF should Dejesus be traded. Add him to the stable of outfielders including Sweeney who are just waiting for the shuffle to begin!

Yep nice position to have in the outfield. DeJesus, Schierholtz, Borbon, and of course Soriano could/should all be on the trade block. Should be some interest in all but Soriano. The Front Office is working overtime so far this year. And I like it.

I like it also. The fact Dejesus can now be traded, but Borbon could be ( by 2010 stats) a decent leadoff hitter with speed. Also after that poor 1st series, Dejesus has brought the average and OBP up, somebody could use him. I hope Soriano is kept through this weekend in Milwaukee at least, I could be wrong, but I remeber him doing well in Milwaukee.
Could be leading up to something here with Sweeny hitting at AAA and Borbon claimed.

man I would love to see this kid given a shot in CF. I don’t think DD is going to get traded anytime soon but could be closer to the deadline

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