Cubs sign infielder Phillip Evans and right-hander Allen Webster to minor league deals
While the rest of the National League Central has improved greatly for the 2019 season, the Cubs’ front office added two players to the minor league system earlier in the week.
The Cubs reportedly signed infielder Phillip Evans and right-hander Allen Webster to minor league contracts. It appears Evans is solely for depth while Webster could help Joe Maddon’s bullpen at some point next season.
Webster, 28, was with the Cubs in 2018, appearing in three games and posting a 1-0 record with a 6.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Webster was non-tendered and released.
Webster pitched in three levels of the Cubs system last year (Mesa, Double-A Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa). In 17 games, Webster did not have a record and finished with a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 17 innings.
Evans, 26, played in 15 games for the Mets last year. Evans hit .143/.217/.143. Over two years in the majors, Evans has played in 34 games and posted a .241/.328/.278 slash line with a .606 OPS and only two extra base hits (doubles).
In 62 games last year for Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly PCL, Evan batted .256/.327/.493 with eight doubles, one triple and 14 home runs for a .820 OPS.
The Cubs’ front office has a lot of work to do before the players report to Mesa in February.