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Cubs give minor league deals to Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald

Jan 10, 2013, 10:02 PM EST

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According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, the Cubs have signed utility man Brent Lillibridge and outfielder Darnell McDonald to minor league contracts. Both will get invites to major league spring training.

Lillibridge, 29, batted just .199/.250/.274 with three homers, 13 stolen bases and a .524 OPS in 209 plate appearances last season between the White Sox, Red Sox and Indians. However, he’s capable of playing everywhere and socked 13 homers as recently as 2011.

McDonald batted .214 (18-for-84) with two homers in 38 games with the Red Sox last season and went 0-for-4 in a brief stint with the Yankees. The 34-year-old owns a .778 OPS over 431 plate appearances against left-handed pitching in the majors and clearly still has a fan in Cubs president Theo Epstein.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I don’t understand why lillibridge can’t land a major league deal. Plays 7 positions, most of them very well, and slumped with irregular and inconsistent playing time after a breakout season. He can also run the bases pretty well too. I’d want him on my bench.

  2. wlschneider09 - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Heck, Lillibridge has Twins written all over him. Maybe he has too much power…

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    YAY!

    The Sox are FINALLY rid of their AAAA outfielder who collects social security!

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