Versatile Cintron signs minor league deal with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Infielder Alex Cintron could be moving across town for the 2008 season after agreeing to a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The 29-year-old has a career .277 batting average in parts of seven major league seasons. He played the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox and was with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2001-05.

Cintron has played 338 major league games at shortstop, 109 at second base and 88 games at third base.

The switch-hitter will give the Cubs insurance at shortstop where Ryan Theriot is the starter and Ronny Cedeno is the backup. Cedeno also will play some outfield this spring.

Cintron batted .243 in 68 games last season with the White Sox after offseason surgery on his right elbow.

His best season came in 2003 with Arizona when he batted .317 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs in 117 games.