MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — Northbrook native and Glenbrook North graduate Jason Kipnis has reported to Cubs camp – though on a minor league contract.

But Kipnis is hoping to earn a job on the opening day Cubs roster.

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The two-time All-Star has spent his entire career with the Cleveland Indians. But now, he will compete with Nico Hoerner for the job at second base.

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Kipnis said choosing the Cubs came down to winning as much as it did coming home.

“I’m about to be 33, and in this game apparently, that’s very old, so I have to really weigh in winning. This was definitely one of the better teams. I looked at the rosters. I already knew what roster these guys had. I was friends with (Anthony) Rizzo. I texted him, called him, and asked him kind of what happened last year. I look at the rosters, I look at St. Louis’, I look at all of that, and I’m like, I still would take your guys’ roster,” Kipnis said.

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He continued: “I think you want to weigh winning. You don’t want to just go somewhere that’s in a rebuild in my stage in my career. But like I said, all the boxes I could check, because of playing time and winning, it’s one of the best.”