Cubs claim outfielder Phillip Ervin off waivers from Mariners

Tim Stebbins
·1 min read

Cubs add former Reds outfielder to bolster depth chart originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs outfield gained a third face on Tuesday, as the club claimed Phillip Ervin off waivers from the Mariners.

Ervin, 28, has played parts of four big league seasons, majority of which came with the Reds from 2017-20. This past season, he played 18 games with the Mariners, who claimed him off waivers from Cincinnati in September. Seattle designated him for assignment last week.

Ervin is a career .247/.322/.406 hitter in 237 games, including a .262/.326/.438 line in 571 plate appearances from 2017-19. He's fared well against lefties in his career, holding a .277/.352/.459 slash line.

The Cubs outfield grew thin earlier this month after they non-tendered Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber, leaving only Ian Happ and Jason Heyward on the depth chart — along with infielders Kris Bryant and Nico Hoerner. With experience at all three spots, Ervin offers the club versatility off the bench.

The Cubs 40-man roster stands at 37 players.

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