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Cubs sign Bogusevic, Chavez, Gonzalez, Boscan to minor-league deals

Bob Levey

The Chicago Cubs have added four players to the organization, signing outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Johermyn Chavez, infielder Alberto Gonzalez, and catcher J.C. Boscan to minor-league contracts, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America:

Bogusevic, 28, saw his most playing time this past season, hitting .203/.297/.299 with seven home runs in one hundred forty-six games while manning right field for the Houston Astros.

The 23-year-old Chavez has bounced around in the Blue Jays and Mariners' systems since signing out of Venezuela in 2006. The righty slugger mashed his way through the lower levels until he reached Double-A, where he's struggled the past two seasons, hitting .222/.322/.369 in two hundred one games.

Gonzalez is the most seasoned major-league veteran of the four players, though he has only parts of six big-league seasons under his belt. The middle infielder saw a bulk of his playing time with the Nationals and Padres from 2009-2011 -- appearing in over one hundred games all three years -- but played in just twenty-four games this year with the Rangers. The 29-year-old is a .242/.279/.317 career hitter and does not boast much of a glove.

J.C. Boscan's big-league career has been very brief. He has played in games as the Atlanta Braves' backstop each of the last three seasons, but still has only eleven big-league games to his credit. The 32-year-old has spent most of his sixteen professional seasons in the minors, where he is a .222/.309/.306 hitter.