Cubs claim IF Mat Gamel

Gamel

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The Cubs acquired infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Brewers Thursday.

Gamel missed all of 2013 recovering from a torn ACL suffered in mid-February. The 28-year-old has spent parts of the last five seasons with the Brewers’ major league club, posting a .229 average with six homers, 11 doubles and 29 RBI in 106 games. In his big league career, Gamel has seen action at first base (22 games), third base (35 games) and in left field (three games). If healthy, he could provide the Cubs depth at third base and a potential backup for Anthony Rizzo at first.

The 2011 season was Gamel’s last full year of baseball (he tore the same ACL 21 games into the ’12 campaign). He hit .310 with 28 homers, 29 doubles and 96 RBI in 128 games for Triple-A Nashville.

The Florida native was the Brewers’ fourth-round pick in 2005 and earned the Topps Minor League Player of the Year award in 2008 after hitting .329 with 19 homers and 35 doubles in Double-A Huntsville.

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