Chicago Cubs Sign Reliever

The Chicago Cubs have signed pitcher Eric Yardley to a minor league contract. Because he was placed on waivers back in October, it made him eligible to be a minor league free agent. Therefore, he was permitted to find a new home during the lockout. 

Yardley spent the 2021 season with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 17 appearances, he had a 0-0 record, 6.75 ERA, and five strikeouts. It was a very down year for him, so it honestly isn't all that surprising to see that the team decided to part ways with him. However, every season offers a clean slate, so he will be aiming to bounce back as with the Cubs - whether it's with their major league team or in the minors. 

Yardley pitched in the majors over each of the last three seasons. In 51 games between the San Diego Padres and Brewers, he has a 2-1 record, 3.52 ERA, and 31 strikeouts There is hope for a bounce-back season from him, though, as he was reliable in each of his two first seasons. His 2020 season was particularly impressive, as he had a 2-0 record and fantastic 1.54 ERA in 24 games. Perhaps we could see more of that of him with the Cubs. 

With the Cubs not necessarily sporting the strongest of rosters, he should have a chance to make their big league team from here. He will first have to impress at Spring Training. 

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