The Cubs have signed outfielder Nick Martini to a minor-league deal, marking the fifth such deal the Cubs have made this offseason.
The 30-year-old left-fielder is a Chicagoland native from the Crystal Lake area. Martini, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB Draft, made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics.
The A’s called up Martini again in 2019 just before an interleague trip to Wrigley Field, where the hometown kid hit a home run off of Steve Cishek:
The Padres eventually claimed Martini off waivers in August 2019. He spent time in the Reds and Cardinals organizations but did not play in the majors last season.
In just 87 major league games, Martini owns a respectable .269/.372/.380 (66-for-245) slash line, so he could prove to be a nice complementary bat off the bench.
Furthermore, Martini has a good chance at making the major-league roster as a backup outfielder this upcoming season as the Cubs currently have just two everyday outfielders on the active roster — Ian Happ and Jason Heyward.