According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs signed free-agent utility man Esteban German on Friday to a minor league contract. German was released by the Royals on March 9 after clearing waivers. German will compete for the back-up third baseman job. Esteban German has played six different positions in the big leagues, including third base, but is primarily a second baseman. He hit .245 with a .303 OBP and a .338 SLG last season in 89 games with the Royals including 14 doubles and no home runs.
Esteban German was DFA’d by the Royals on February 28 to make room on their 40-man roster for Juan Cruz. German passed through waivers and was released by the Royals on March 9.