The Cubs informed outfielder Carlos González that he was being designated for assignment following Friday’s game in Cincinnati, a move that came as little surprise. The former All-Star hit just .175/.306/.300 over 49 plate appearances with the Cubs and wasn’t providing the kind of pop to justify a roster spot, especially after needing more arms in the wake of Cole Hamels‘ injury.
If he clears waivers, a stint in the minors with the Cubs would be completely at his discretion. As much as the Cubs might like that — after all, they love hoarding every player they possibly can — it initially seemed unlikely that a player of CarGo’s caliber would accept such a role.
But in speaking to the media prior to Saturday’s game, Joe Maddon indicated otherwise.
“So we called him in last night afterwards…And I said, ‘I really believe that this is going to go well based on the conversations that I’ve had with him.’ And it did, Maddon explained. “Highly professional, highly professional.
“DFA’d, there’s a chance he may stick with us. Hopefully that does occur. He knows how I feel, and how we feel, and I got a pretty good glimpse of how he felt too. [He] feels pretty good about being here, he likes what he’s been seeing, so there’s that mutual respect going on, so we’ll see how it plays out.”
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— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 29, 2019
We will indeed see how it plays out and whether Maddon was simply picking up on CarGo’s professionalism in handling the matter or there’s a legitimate desire to remain in the organization. If it’s the latter, González will have to display a great deal more of his old form in order to have an impact in Chicago in the second half.