From the Cubs Media Relations Department:

MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs and infielder Alex Cintron have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Cintron is expected to report to camp on Tuesday.

Cintron, 29, has a career .277 batting average (525-for-1897) in all or part of seven major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001-05) and the Chicago White Sox (2006-07). The versatile infielder has played 338 big league games at shortstop, 109 games at second base and 88 games at third base.

The switch-hitter is a career .305 hitter with a .347 on-base percentage vs. left-handed pitching and a .267 hitter vs. right-handed pitching. Cintron batted .243 with seven doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in a 2007 season in which he was limited to 68 games following offseason right elbow surgery, three stints on the bereavement list and one stint on the restricted list. In 2006, Cintron batted .285 with 10 doubles, five home runs and 41 RBI in 91 games in his first season with the White Sox.

Cintron broke into the big leagues in 2001 with the Diamondbacks and enjoyed his most productive season in 2003, when he set career highs with a .317 batting average, 70 runs scored, 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 117 games. He played in a career-best 154 games a year later and saw action in 122 games in 2005, his final year in Arizona.

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