UPDATE: This deal is now official, per the team’s transaction wire. Robel Garcia returns to the Cubs organization on a minor league deal. The rest of the original post follows.
One of the best stories of the last few years was the ascension of utility man/slugger Robel Garcia from the Italian national team (seriously) to the Cubs’ minor leagues, rapidly up to Double-A and then Triple-A, and eventually the big league team. He got just 80 big league plate appearances for the Cubs that 2019 season, and he hit a funky .208/.275/.500 (92 wRC+) thanks to a .292 ISO and a 43.8% K rate. He was the original Patrick Wisdom, but for a much briefer period of time, and with a wilder backstory.
From there, Garcia wound up let go by the Cubs, and he played the 2021 season in the Astros system. Unfortunately he just didn’t hit with the big league team or at their Triple-A affiliate, and he was once again back out there looking for a job.
Based on a change to his Instagram today, it looks like it may have found it back with the Cubs:
so, Robel Garcia update: pic.twitter.com/EFuwKhVQRL
— Infield Fly Girl (@infieldflygrl) March 13, 2022
Garcia, now 28, can play at a variety of spots, and his power is exceptional. The contact issues have obviously been pronounced, and there’s not necessarily a lot of hope that’ll get better. But with the way he’s been grinding in his career, you wouldn’t absolutely want to rule out improvement, especially if the cost is merely a minor league deal to see what’s up. That is to say, you can assume this is a minor league deal.
We’ll see if this is really happening, and go from there. It could be the second reunion of the day, after Jesse Chavez returned.