The Chicago Cubs have claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Borbon tweeted out the message himself, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirmed the news soon after. The Cubs designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez to make room on the roster for Borbon.
Chicago Cubs!!!!— Julio Borbón (@JulioBorbon20) April 19, 2013
The Rangers designated Borbon for assignment last week to make room on their roster for right-handed starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. Texas had said it was confident it would be able to trade Borbon, but they were ultimately forced to place him on waivers, as a deal was never reached.
Borbon was Texas' regular center fielder in 2010. That season he hit .276/.309/.340 with 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs with 15 stolen bases in 22 attempts over 468 plate appearances. The 27-year-old owns a career batting line of .283/.324/.358 over parts of four years in the majors.
Last season, Borbon hit .304/.349/.433 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 28 attempts for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate.