Although the trade deadline has passed, the Chicago Cubs appear to be adding another bat to their 40-man roster. According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, the team is claiming outfielder Franmil Reyes off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians. Cubs GM Carter Hawkins is quite familiar with Reyes after his time in Cleveland prior to joining the Cubs.
The 27-year-old is coming off a massive power surge last season. In 2021, Reyes hit 30 home runs in 115 games for Cleveland. In addition, he drove in 85 runs and added 18 doubles. However, after an overall pretty successful career, Reyes has struggled in 2022.
So far, Reyes is slashing .213/.254/.350 with just nine home runs and 28 RBI in 70 games. After Reyes was DFA'd last week by the Guardians, it makes sense for the Cubs to take a flier on the big power hitter.
Now, Reyes likely won't play his usual right field spot with Seiya Suzuki firmly in that position for the Cubs. However, Reyes can play the corner outfield spots on days that Ian Happ and Suzuki need a breather and will certainly get looks at the designated hitter spot on days Willson Contreras is catching.
For Reyes, being claimed by the Cubs presents a change of scenery. The power hitter has struggled in 2022, and maybe a new team is just what the doctor ordered to turn his season around. Although he likely won't get back to his slugging ways immediately, any bit of offense will be greatly appreciated in the Cubs' lineup on a daily basis.
With spots open on the Cubs' 40-man roster, there will not have to be a corresponding move on the 40-man. The roster move will likely require the Cubs to send someone to Triple-A, however. Perhaps Christopher Morel's injury prompted the need to go get another MLB level bat.