Cubs claim Franmil Reyes off waivers from Guardians

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(670 The Score) The Cubs on Monday claimed designated hitter/outfielder Franmil Reyes off waivers from the Guardians.

Cleveland recently designated Reyes for assignment as he has struggled mightily. Reyes, 27, hit .213 with nine homers, 28 RBIs and a .603 OPS in 70 games for the Guardians this season. He has struggled to make contact in 2022, with his strikeout rate jumping to 37.1%, well above his 30.7% average for his five-year MLB career.

Reyes isn’t far removed from a strong 2021 campaign, when he hit .254 with 30 homers, 85 RBIs and an .846 OPS in 115 games. Reyes had a 128 OPS+ last season, a statistical category in which the league average is 100. Reyes has plenty of power if he can rediscover his form, as he has averaged one home run every 16.31 at-bats since the start of the 2019 season, which is the 11th-best mark among right-handed hitters in MLB, according to the Cubs.

Reyes has made 54 starts at designated hitter and 11 starts in the outfield this season. He’s under team control through 2024.

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