Cubs Sign Intriguing Infielder to Bolster Depth

David Kaestle
The Cubs have signed infielder Edwin Rios.
The Cubs have signed infielder Edwin Rios. / Associated Press

The Chicago Cubs did a lot to jumpstart their rebuild this offseason. They headlined their winter by signing star shortstop Dansby Swanson to a seven-year contract while also bringing in talented veterans such as Cody Bellinger, Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini.

Cubs Sign Edwin Rios

Bellinger, Hosmer and Manicni are all capable of playing first base, as can Matt Mervis. That didn't stop Chicago from signing first baseman Edwin Rios on Friday, however.

Rios has had trouble earning consistent playing time since debuting in 2019, largely due to injuries. He's still managed to make an impact when healthy, launching 20 home runs with 43 RBIs in just 112 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers over his first four seasons.

The 28-year-old has spent time at third base and in the outfield too, so he brings some defensive versatility to the Cubs as well along with postseason experience from LA's 2020 championship run.

Given Chicago's logjam at first base, there's no guarantee Rios makes the final 26-man roster coming out of Spring Training. Regardless, he represents an intriguing addition if he can find a way to stay healthy.

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