Chicago Cubs Sign Pitcher


The Chicago Cubs have signed pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. 

Leiter recently elected free agency after being outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster, however, he'll return now and enter camp as a non-roster player. 

Leiter functioned as a utility pitcher for the Cubs last season and posted a decent 3.99 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts across 67.2 innings of work last year. He made 31 relief appearances, started four games, converted three saves and held a 2-7 record.

For his major league career, the thirty-one-year-old holds a 4.95 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 179 strikeouts over 181.2 innings. He's made 67 relief appearances, started 15 games, converted three saves and holds a 5-14 record. 

Leiter will look to secure a role on the Opening Day roster.
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