Cubs acquire IF Quiroz from Tampa Bay for OF Ramirez

MESA –The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Harold Ramirez.

Quiroz, 30, hit .268 (57 for 213) last season with 19 doubles, 12 homers, 48 ​​RBI, 43 walks and a .927 OPS in 68 games for Triple-A Durham. He was acquired by the Rays on March 26, 2020 to complete the trade that sent outfielder Tommy Pham to the Padres and spent the 2020 campaign at the Rays alternate training site.

The five-foot-six Quiroz appeared in 96 games for Triple-A El Paso in the Padres Channel in 2019 and tied for fifth among Padres minor league players with 19 homers while his 66 RBI is tied in ninth place. He was the starting second baseman for the Mexican national team that year and helped the club secure a berth in the 2020 Olympics.

Quiroz, a left-handed hitter, spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Mexican League beginning in 2011. In 2015, he helped Quintana Roo win the Serie del Rey, batting .323 (20-for-62 ) with one home run and 12 RBIs in 19 playoff games. In 2016, he ranked second in the Mexican League with a .449 on-base percentage and reached 34 consecutive games from June 9 to August 3 with Quintana Roo.

Between his stint in the Mexican League and the Boston (2018), San Diego (2019), and Tampa Bay (2021) systems, Quiroz has mostly played second base (525 games) and shortstop (224 games). ) while seeing the time at third base and the three outfield positions.

Ramirez, 27, was acquired by the Cleveland Cubs on Nov. 22, 2021, for cash consideration.

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