Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Cole Gillespie was picked up by the Chicago Cubs off waivers. The announcement was first made by Giants insider Andrew Baggarly on Twitter and also MLB Trade Rumors reports.
Gillespie was designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the roster for Kensuke Tanaka. Gillespie was initially called up from AAA Fresno on July 5 with .277 BA/9 HR/31 RBI to take the place of Juan Perez, who was playing great center field defense for the Giants but stopped hitting. Gillespie only had 9 ABs with 0 hits and 1 BB. He received an invitation from the Giants for Spring Training this year, having previously played with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010-2011.
According to a tweet from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, “Gillespie will replace Hairston in OF Platoon.”