Cubs Sign Veteran Reliever

They might not be the shiniest signings, but the offseason provides an excellent opportunity for teams to shore up their bullpens with proven arms. The Chicago Cubs have done just that, signing relief pitcher Brad Boxberger to a 1-year deal worth $2.8 million, with a mutual option for 2024. Jeff Passan first reported the deal.
A 2009 1st round compensatory pick, Boxberger has carved out a very respectable career as a steady and reliable journeyman reliever, playing for 6 teams across his 11 year career. He put up a 2.95 ERA in 70 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. Now 34 years old, his 7th team will be hoping he can remain that consistent force for at least one more season.
In total, he has pitched 457.2 innings, with 564 strikeouts, 82 saves and a 3.44 ERA. His best season came in 2015, when he led the league with 41 saves and was named to the All-Star team as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. His repertoire consists of a low-90s fastball, a hard slider and a changeup, with a curveball sprinkled in on rare occasions.

The Cubs have not yet made the splashy deal many fans were hoping for coming into the season, and as the big name shortstops continue to find homes, it’s becoming less and less likely. The front office promised a quick return to contention after a string of disappointing seasons, but if Boxberger and Cody Bellinger are their only major additions before the season starts, that’s going to be a tall order.

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