Jose Lobaton joins Cubs on minor-league deal

Former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Jose Lobaton has joined the Chicago Cubs on a minor-league contract.

What It Means:

He's also been added to the team's 60-man player pool for the pandemic-shortened season. With Anthony Rizzo banged up, backup catcher Victor Caratini will be playing more first base in the near future. With that situation developing, the club decided it could use some depth behind the plate.

In 22 games in 2018 with the New York Mets, Lobaton had a .143 batting average with 4 RBI, 3 runs and a .470 OPS.