The Cubs have selected the contract of middle infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Iowa, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic tweets. He’ll take the place of Addison Russell on the roster, who’s on administrative leave amidst allegations of spousal abuse.
The 31-year-old Freeman is as much of a journeyman as any player you’ll see, having played for four clubs in the past three seasons. He’s likely more a depth piece for the Cubs as they await further word on Russell’s situation; Freeman owns a paltry .134/.211/.207 career batting line across 90 MLB plate appearances. That line comes with a 28.9% strikeout rate.
While his bat isn’t anything to fear, Freeman received positive ratings of his glove at shortstop last season with the Cubs and the MLB level. In a small sample of 54 innings, he earned a UZR/150 rating of 1.9. Defensive Runs Saved estimates that he helped them to the tune of one run above average. Originally an 11th-round pick of the Diamondbacks back in 2010, Freeman joined the Cubs for the first time in 2017, after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers in order to make room for deadline acquisition Yu Darvish on the active roster.