Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies Complete Trade

The Chicago Cubs have completed a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, sending infielder Esteban Quiroz to the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.

Quiroz had been designated for assignment by the Cubs last November and was not on their 40-man roster during spring training. With little chance of making the team, the trade provides Quiroz with a fresh opportunity to showcase his abilities in the Phillies' organization.

What's interesting is that just about exactly a year ago, the Cubs acquired Quiroz from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Harold Ramirez. It's safe to say the Rays won that trade by a landslide.

Quiroz, a 31-year-old journeyman infielder, made his Major League debut with the Cubs last season, appearing in 14 games and posting a .275/.370/.275 slash line with an OPS+ of 87.

The Phillies, meanwhile, have been grappling with a slew of injuries during spring training, with Rhys Hoskins' suffering a torn ACL in Thursday's spring training game.

The acquisition of Quiroz is the Phillies' second trade this week as they seek to bolster their depth ahead of the 2023 MLB season.

It's worth noting that Quiroz's acquisition is not intended to replace Hoskins but rather to add to the team's overall depth.

While the Cubs receive cash considerations, the Phillies receive a player with some major league experience and the potential to contribute to their organization in the future. Photo Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports