The Cubs have inked a trio of players to minor league deals, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy: outfielder Brian Bogusevic, infielder Alberto Gonzalez, and outfielder Johermyn Chavez.

Bogusevic, 28, is the most well-known of the three, having been a quality part-timer for the Astros in 2011 before struggling mightily in a more full-time role in 2012. He’ll fight for a Joe Mather-esque bench job in Spring Training, before likely heading to AAA to serve as outfield depth.

Gonzalez, 29, is a journeyman type who most recently spent some time on the bench in Texas. Chavez, 23, is a former Blue Jays and Mariners prospect who has reached AA, but stalled it slightly.

Eddy also mentions veteran minor league catcher J.C. Boscan signing a minor league deal with the Cubs, but we discussed that one last week.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    I’m no witch, but I called the Alberto Gonzalez signing. 😉

    • Brett

      He’s a witch.

      • Wilbur

        Does he float?

    • Austin

      He is denying of being a Witch. We must hang him and see if he is or isn’t one.

      I like the Bogusevic signing. He could easily be a bench player. When I first saw Chavez I thought it was Eric Chavez and was a little dissapointed it wasn’t.

      • calicubsfan007

        @Austin: I thought the same thing on the Chavez part. I was excited for 5 sec, only to be disappointed. Sigh…

        • DocPeterWimsey

          heh, any announcement of Eric Chavez’s signing will probably be followed 2 days later with an announcement that he’s on the 60 day DL after straining his back signing the contract.

          (I know, I know, I’m a jerk… :-))

          • calicubsfan007

            @Doc: That is true and that is funny! (=

      • ssckelley

        Same, I was completely fooled by the Chavez signing.

    • cubchymyst

      There are ways of telling if he his a witch. What do you burn apart from witches?

      • dabynsky

        More witches!

    • Dan

      Burn Him!

  • Melrosepad

    Any chance we bring back Adrian Cardenas? Wouldn’t mind bringing Scott Moore back into the organization too. He would be serviceable at third.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Thats not the Chavez I was hoping they sign… but not terribly disappointed. Hoping they could sign eric chavez for solid backup/possible starter and give veteran leadership and if you could get a good return if we flip him for prospects, it could be a plus

    • calicubsfan007

      @Serious: I agree 100 percent with your Chavez statement. He would really help us out.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Do you think the cubs possibly sign Ian Stewart to a minor league deal, or will he get a major league offer somewhere else and just not realistic?

    • Luke

      He’s still on the 40 man roster isn’t he?

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Ya, but do you think they will actually pick up that option?

    • Brett

      On the road right now, but wrote about that earlier today in the roster move breakdown post.

  • Justin

    Yea there is speculation that they are going to tender him a contract since they haven’t cut him loose yet.

  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Stewart is the best gamble this front office has for 3B:

    At best: He hits .270 w/15HR against RHP in the first half, plays great defense, gains trade value, gets platooned with Vitters in the 2nd half or traded. Cost: $3M

    At worst: He hits .200 w/2HR against RHP in the first half, plays great defense, gains 0 trade value, then gets DFA’d and Vitters/Valbuena platoon at 3B for the 2nd half of the season. Cost: $3M

    Stewart or Vitters are just stopgaps for Baez/Villanueva.

    • Spencer

      I agree. 3B is a hole that doesn’t need to be filled in 2013.

    • Mike

      I’d rather see the Cubs sign Jeff Keppinger to a one year contract, with maybe an additional option year. I think he would be a serious upgrade, at the very least, in the utility infielder department. At best, play 3rd base most of the time. I think the Cubs should have cut ties with Stewart on or before November 30th, or at least Valbuena. There are plenty of viable defensive infielders out their to fill in at 3rd, but not many that can actually hit. At any rate, I hope I am wrong about Stewart’s hitting abilities, but, even if he’s fully recovered from his wrist injury, I’m not convinced he will recover in hitting over around .200. In hindsight, this was a bad trade, as everyone knows (Colvin, LeMahieu). But, not so bad that cutting ties with Stewart would be the end of the world. I also think they should have protected Nick Struck and cut Valbuena. We could lose Struck in the Rule V draft. I know, there’s no guarantee Struck will pitch well in the majors….but we also know Valbuena isn’t much of a hitter. He’s a bench player….I don’t even consider him a stop-gap for 3rd base.

      • Mike

        I meant to say, cut ties with Stewart on or before November 20th, not Nov. 30th. Same goes for Valbuena.

        • nkniacc13

          I would be surprised if the Cubs don’t open a spot by the 6th of dec to take a rule 5 pick.

  • Carew

    Not a bad group of signings. I know Bogusevic can be pretty decent, and Chavez looks like he can be a diamond in the rough

  • Westbound Willie

    Not a bad group of signings? How can you even make a comment like that?

    • Carew

      Because it gives the cubbies a potential decent bench guy, depth for the infield, and an outfielder who has stalled but is still only 23-24 years old so there is still time for him

  • Lou

    So our answer in CF–Nate McClouth?

  • StevenF

    There has been so much consistentcy in what the front office is doing, which I admire, but I look at these 3-moves and think “What the hell are they smoking today, or did they just hit the spiked holiday eggnog a little early?” This just does not mesh with the grand plan. I hope someone makes positive sense of this, because I can’t see it.

    • Carew

      A better version of Mather, infield depth/spring training competition, and a new young outfielder. I think that’s the gist of it

    • Luke

      These are minor league deals. There is no risk to the Cubs whatsoever. The cost is low and they don’t take up a 40 man roster slot. If they perform well enough in the early part of the season to warrant a call-up, the Cubs can call them up. If not, not. If they Cubs need the roster space in Iowa later, they can be cut at any time. Tomorrow, if necessary (though spring training is far more likely).

      There is literally no risk here whatsoever. There isn’t much upside, granted, but again… no risk.

    • Carew

      oh and depth for catching/spring training competition with Boscan

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    I saw the Rays are looking for a similar package for James Shields that they got for Garza.

    BTW Witches aren’t we still on the Witch that is in the Geico Commercial ” Witch flying on a Broom in a Broom Factory ” !

    • CM

      If that’s all they want, we should give it to them.

  • cubsin

    Even the mighty Yankees make waiver claims and invite minor league free agents to Spring Training. So do the other 28 clubs.

  • ottoCub

    This is not the day-before-thanksgiving signing surprise I was hoping for, but overall it is a good group of no-risk minor league signings. Bogusevic seems like he has been around forever, but he only has 600 major league plate appearances. If you think about him as a non-rostered replacement for LaHair, it’s a good ‘trade’ for the Cubs. He doesn’t take up space on the 40-man, and he could be a decent left-handed bat off the bench. And it’s always good to have more minor-league depth in the infield and at catcher, especially if they’re not taking up space on the 40-man roster.

  • Frank

    I couldn’t care less about Bogusevic, but Chavez looks somewhat intriguing. He put up some great numbers as a 21 year old in High A, though that was two years ago, and he’s struggled at AA since.

  • MacPete

    Whoever is complaining about these deals, they’re minor league contracts and every team signs people to minor league contracts to compete for roster spots or to keep as back up plans in the minors. No risk whatsoever

  • thejackal

    i agree with you guys stewart for our starting 3B im gnna make a prediction he hits 16-20 hr this year with a 260 – 280 avg

  • http://BleacherNation Dean

    I understand the organization is basically building to be a consistent winner from within now with the hope of filling in holes through free agency in a year or so. But wouldn’t it be fun to play “what if” and say the Cubs were going to go for it next year. What would be the best roster the Cubs could put together with trades/free agents and like 70 million to spend?

  • Kearnage

    After these signings, watch out mlb! The cubs are going to the world series!
    Just joking, I noticed nobody had made this comment yet. Just the one guy who couldnt figure out how these moves fit into Theo’s plan. I am pretty sure that moves like this fall into about every teams plan. Love this site and love the podcast!

  • Nate

    Okay, how about this for a trade: Brett Jackson to the Rays for Chris Archer, straight up.

  • Eric

    I know you might be down on Brett Jackson right now, but I feel he will rebound. It’s not the time to trade him and I think he’s worth more than Archer straight up.

    • Nate

      That makes sense. I was more looking at it as a way to get young quality pitching than to dump Jackson, but I can see your point that his value is rather low right now and if/when he rebounds he can be a valuable center fielder.

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