Phegley is one of several candidates for the Cubs' final roster spot out of spring training, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Chicago manager David Ross could go a few different ways with the new 26th roster spot, and pegging Phegley as the third catcher is an option. The 32-year-old is having a nice spring with a 1.081 OPS and two home runs in eight games. Being a third catcher isn't particularly fantasy friendly, though Phegley did post new career highs with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 106 games for Oakland last year, so he could produce if playing time comes his way.
Phegley went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Monday's Cactus League win over the Mariners. It's a nice highlight for Phegley, who is battling for a reserve roster spot this spring behind starting catcher Willson Contreras. Victor Caratini is also in the backstop mix, but because he plays some at first base as well, the Cubs could elect to use the new 26th roster spot on a third catcher like Phegley. Either way, he'll have limited fantasy value unless injuries open up regular playing time.
Phegley signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Phegley will add organizational depth for the Cubs behind the dish, something that became a priority after Willson Contreras went down with an injury last season. Phegley appeared in 106 games last year for Oakland, hitting .239 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI.
Phegley was non-tendered by Oakland on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Phegley will head to free agency after slashing .239/.282/.411 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI over 106 games for the Athletics in 2019.
Phegley is not in the starting lineup for the American League Wild Card Game against the Rays on Wednesday. Phegley split time with rookie Sean Murphy over the season, so it isn't surprising to see Murphy get the nod Wednesday, especially given Phegley's .190 on-base percentage in his 13 games in September. Murphy will bat ninth while handling the catching duties.