REPORT: Chicago Cubs Sign Shane Victorino (Updates)

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REPORT: Chicago Cubs Sign Shane Victorino (Updates)

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Can’t a guy catch his breath around here? Just as Brett was finishing the Bullets, which immediately got buried …

Without skipping a beat after yesterday’s insanity (more on that in a bit – UPDATE: here it is), the Chicago Cubs continued to add to their enormous stockpile of minor league signings.

Today, per Ken Rosenthal, the Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a minor league contract, including an invitation to big league camp:

Victorino, 35, will head to Spring Training to compete for a bench spot, but will most like head to AAA Iowa to serve as extreme outfield depth, once the season begins. We’ll have more on this as it unfolds, but I wanted to get it in front of you, now.

Update: And the contract details are now out. It’s a $1 million deal if he makes the big league roster, with an addition $1 million in performance bonuses, thereafter. It’s a nice, low-risk move for the Cubs.

Update 2: It appears the Cubs may have had a deal/agreement with Victorino before the Fowler madness yesterday, and they continued to honor that deal, despite changes to the roster. Still, with Coghlan gone and Victorino on a minor league deal, I don’t think the front office had too much new information to consider.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami