Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Cubs agree to terms with INF Edwin Ríos on a one-year Major League contract

CHICAGO – Edwin Ros, an infielder for the Chicago Cubs, has signed a one-year major league contract with the team. The deal’s terms were not made public. Ethan Roberts, a right-handed pitcher, has been placed on the 60-day injured list in a similar move as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Ros, 28, has been a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a portion of four seasons (2019-22), during which time he batted.219 (57-for-260), had nine doubles, one triple, 20 home runs, and 43 RBI in 112 games. He has played 36 games mostly at third base and 32 games mostly at first base, with brief stints in right field and left field. During the Dodgers’ 2020 World Series championship run, Ross played in seven postseason games and hit one home run on average every 13.0 at-bats.

Before being placed on the 10-day injured list on June 3 due to a right hamstring strain, Ros started the season for the Dodgers and batted.244 (21-for-86) with a double, seven home runs, and 17 RBI in 27 games. Before being optioned to Triple-A on August 16, he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 28. In 48 games for Oklahoma City, Ross hit.259 (49-for-189) with 17 doubles, nine home runs, and 39 RBI, with 20 walks contributing to a.339 on-base percentage.

In 498 minor league games, the left-handed Ros has a.291 average (541-for-1,859), a.347 on-base percentage, a.882 on-base percentage, 132 doubles, four triples, 104 home runs, and 365 RBI. He was named to Tulsa’s Texas League Mid-Season All-Star team and Baseball America’s Double-A All-Star team in 2017. In 108 games played between Single-A Great Lakes, High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and Double-A Tulsa, he hit.301 with 26 doubles, 27 home runs, and 76 RBI, earning him the 2016 Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year award.

The Dodgers selected the Florida International University product, who measured six feet, three inches, in the sixth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Before going on the 10-day injured list on April 30 with right shoulder inflammation, Roberts, 25, made the Cubs Opening Day roster in 2022 and pitched in nine games with an 8.22 earned run average (7 earned runs/7.2 innings). He had Tommy John surgery on July 13 after being pulled from his outing on June 19 while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

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