Cubs Trade Infielder Esteban Quiroz to the Phillies
I’m not sure if this was already in the works or if it was a response to the Rhys Hoskins injury (as emergency depth behind depth, NOT as a Hoskins replacement!), but the Phillies today acquired infielder Esteban Quiroz from the Cubs for cash.
Quiroz, 31, never quite got right last year with the Cubs (at Iowa, and briefly in the big leagues) thanks to injury issues. He was a rare 30-year-old prospect thanks to his time playing in Mexico, acquired last year at this time for Harold Ramirez (who went on to hit quite well for the Rays). Given the infield depth the Cubs have already in terms of guys who can maybe-kinda-sorta fill in at the edges, it was probably hard to see Quiroz realistically getting much of a shot to make the big league team at any point this year.
So instead Quiroz goes to the Phillies, where he’ll serve as depth. It’s the second minor trade the Cubs have made with the Phillies this winter (they also sent Erich Uelmen there for cash), and maybe they’ve netted a couple hundred grand in the process. Deploy it elsewhere!