- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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Hoffpauir has been with the Cubs for four seasons, including stints in their minor league system.
An official announcement is not expected until Friday, when Hoffpauir is expected to clear waivers.
There most likely will be an economic reward for the Cubs in the signing.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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