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Cubs add depth, agree to minor-league deal with former Brewers infielder Hernan Perez

The versatile veteran has played every position except catcher in his career and adds potential middle infield depth in the wake of Addison Russell’s release.

Hernan Perez agreed to a ONE-year deal with the Cubs.
Hernan Perez agreed to a ONE-year deal with the Cubs.
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The Cubs added potential big-league infield depth this week, reaching agreement with former Brewer Hernan Perez on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.

Perez, 28, has played every position except catcher in his eight-year career in the majors, including all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots last season with Milwaukee.

He has only a .282 career on-base percentage and more strikeouts than hits the last two seasons but provides middle-infield insurance after the release last month of Addison Russell.

Meanwhile, the Cubs continue to wait out the free agent market — in particular, third baseman Josh Donaldson’s destination — before joining an otherwise active industry with their own trade talks (Kris Bryant, et al).