The Cubs announced on Thursday that they claimed infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Gamel has missed all of last season with a torn ACL after having his 2012 season cut short with the same injury. Gamel played in just 21 games in 2012 and put together a .246/.293/.348 line.
The Cubs did not announce the corresponding roster move to add Mat Gamel to the 40-man roster. According to Bruce Miles, Gamel was transferred to the 60-day DL. So for now, the Cubs will not have to make a 40-man roster move to clear a spot for Mat Gamel.
The Brewers selected the 28-year old in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. Mat Gamel has played first and third base as well as outfield in the majors.
The lefty hitting, right handed throwing Gamel put together a .229/.305/.367 line in 106 big league games with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and a .671 OPS.
Gamel was once considered a top prospect in the Brewers’ system before injuries derailed his career. Gamel’s last full season was in 2011 when he hit .310/.372/.540/.912 with 29 doubles and 28 home runs in 128 games with Triple-A Nashville.
Mat Gamel is arbitration eligible for the 2014 season.