Chicago Cubs News: P.J. Higgins outrighted, Dom Nunez signed, and more

Sep 23, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Zack Collins (right) tags
Sep 23, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Zack Collins (right) tags / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs had a resolution on the status of catcher P.J. Higgins on Friday. Higgins was designated for assignment by the Cubs after the signing of veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart and the team announced on Friday that the 29-year-old catcher has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

In 229 plate appearances with the Cubs in 2022, Higgins slashed .229/.310/.383 with a .306 wOBA and 97 wRC+. Of the 74 games that Higgins had at the Major League level last season, Higgins only saw 34 games where he served as the team's catcher. Higgins also served as a first base and third base option for manager David Ross last season.

The Cubs were thin at the catcher position in Triple-A Iowa. Higgins likely will receive regular playing time with the Iowa Cubs to begin the 2023 season and he likely will be the catcher the Cubs call on if an injury occurs to either Barnhart or Yan Gomes.

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