Baxter signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. Baxter appeared in 34 games for the Cubs last season, putting together a .246/.348/.263 slash line in 57 at-bats. He's never recorded more than 200 at-bats in any of his six major league seasons, so he'll likely slot in as organizational depth for the Mariners moving forward.
The Cubs designated right fielder Mike Baxter for assignment on Wednesday, the team announced. Baxter was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in mid-July, after hitting just .246 with the Cubs in 57 at-bats earlier in the season.
The Cubs activated catcher David Ross from the disabled list. Ross had been on the seven-day DL with concussion symptoms, per CSN Chicago. The team hopes to wait until after the All Star Break to determine the severity of Miguel Montero's thumb injury and needed another catcher. To make room for Ross, the team optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to Triple-A Iowa. Baxter was hitting .246 for the Cubs this season.
The Cubs have recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins, the team announced. In 13 game since his most recent demotion to Iowa on May 17, Szczur has been hitting .391 (18 for 46) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI. In a corresponding move, the Cubs have optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to Triple-A. Baxter had just one hit in nine at-bats since being recalled on May 19.
The Cubs purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Mike Baxter from Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday's game against San Diego. Baxter will be replacing Welington Castillo's spot on the active roster. Castillo was traded to the Mariners for Yoervis Medina on Tuesday. Baxter batted .290 with eight RBI in 34 games in the minors this season.
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