Cubs trade utility man Lillibridge to Yanks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced Friday they traded utility man Brent Lillibridge to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Lillibridge hasn’t been on the 40-man roster since April, when he was designated for assignment and ultimately outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. There, he was batting .281 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and a .331 on-base percentage in 48 games.

In joining the Yankees' organization, Lillibridge now has a chance to play for the home team in the stadium where he made one of his biggest splashes in the major leagues.

On April 26, 2011, Lillibridge was playing for the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium when he scored the game-tying run as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He was only getting started.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Yankees had two runners on base when Lillibridge, playing right field, went back to the wall to rob Alex Rodriguez of the potential game-tying RBI. One batter later, he made a diving catch near the right-field foul line to steal a potential game-winning hit from Robinson Cano and end the game.

His short time with the Cubs was not nearly as spectacular. Lillibridge went just 1-for-24 at the plate in nine games and struck out nine times. He was designated for assignment April 16 after Darwin Barney returned from the disabled list and Cody Ransom was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres.