Chicago Cubs Place First Baseman On Waivers Just Months Into $14M Contract

The Chicago Cubs have made a significant roster move, designating veteran first baseman Trey Mancini for assignment.

This decision coincides with the impending arrival of third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who the Cubs recently acquired from the Washington Nationals.

Mancini's struggles at the plate persisted during his tenure with the Cubs, hitting just .234/.299/.336 in 263 plate appearances, and his defensive performance at first base and right field was below average.

These difficulties date back to his time with the Houston Astros last year, and unfortunately, his performance did not improve significantly in Chicago.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reportedly already showing interest in Mancini, once he clears waivers.

With Mancini's departure, the Cubs now have several options at first base, including Patrick Wisdom, Miguel Amaya, and Cody Bellinger.

Furthermore, they have a promising prospect in Triple-A, Matt Mervis, who has shown potential. It remains to be seen whether Mancini will be claimed off waivers or if he will become a free agent.

As the Cubs explore their options, fans and analysts alike will be watching closely to see how the team handles this roster change and how it impacts their performance moving forward. Photo Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports