The Chicago Cubs and free agent second baseman Edgar Gonzalez have agreed to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Gonzalez is the older brother of Boston Red Sox star Adrian Gonzalez, with his only big league appearances coming as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Last season, Gonzalez spent the year with the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The 33-year-old posted a strong .315/.378/.457 line with 14 homers and 14 steals in 137 games, flashing a solid understanding of the strike zone and some decent pop. He was obviously much older than most of his opponents, though, and doesn't really qualify as much more than some emergency depth for a team that's currently banking on Darwin Barney to be a starter.
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