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