Descalso signed with the Cubs on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The veteran utility man had a career season in 2018, coming to the plate 423 times and recording career bests in homers (13), walk rate (15.1 percent), ISO (.198) and wRC+ (111) while hitting .238/.353/.436. He's not a star by any means and has just one season with an above-average batting line under his belt, but his ability to perform capably around the infield and in left field while providing some value at the plate is a great fit for a Cubs' roster which includes a number of flexible players already. He won't be a first-choice option anywhere for the Cubs but should play often at various spots around the diamond for Joe Maddon, a manager who is certainly fond of rotation.
Descalso went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three runs Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Padres. Though his playing time has tailed off over the last few weeks, Descalso enters the regular-season finale with career-best marks in runs (54), extra-base hits (37), home runs (13), RBI (57) and on-base percentage (.354). The 31-year-old will become a free agent this winter, but Arizona will likely have interest in retaining him in a utility role.
Descalso is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks. As per usual, Descalso will head to the bench with a lefty in Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers. In his place, Ketel Marte will start at second base and hit third.
Descalso is on the bench Sunday against left-handed starter Kyle Freeland and the Rockies. Descalso hasn't started against a southpaw since May 1. Ketel Marte will be the second baseman Sunday.
Descalso is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Descalso has started 10 of the team's 16 games this month, slashing .194/.310/.417 with a pair of homers and seven RBI over that stretch. He'll give way to Ketel Marte at the keystone in this one, something that could happen more often down the stretch if Descalso continues to struggle at the plate.