Chicago Cubs fans, your team has made a free agent signing. Who is it?
Free-agent catcher Chris Gimenez is signing with the Cubs, source tells SB Nation.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 23, 2018
Gimenez isn't a ground-breaking signing, but he will serve as a backup to starting catcher Willson Contreras. This will allow the Cubs to alleviate the stress on Contreras during the season, saving his legs by not having him catch a large amount of games.
Oddly enough, this is a move the Cubs really did need to make. Not only for the reason above, but the fact that the team struggled to find a real backup last year until they brought in Alex Avila.
Now that Avila is no longer on the team, they needed a suitable replacement.
The good thing about Gimenez is he also has the ability to play numerous positions, which makes him a Joe Maddon player already. Last year he saw starts in the outfield, first base, third base and catcher.
Maddon's gonna love this guy.