Cubs sign veteran reliever Brad Boxberger
|Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:34 AM- -|
A solid move for the bullpen.
The Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger to a one-year deal worth $2.8 million on Thursday, according to ESPN.
The former Brewer had a 2.95 ERA with 68 strikeouts and an impressive 1.23 WHIP in 70 games last season, mostly in a setup role.
He averaged 9.56 strikeouts per 9 innings last year.
In 2021, he was 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA, 83 strikeouts, and 25 walks in 64 2/3 innings for the Brewers. Over the last two seasons, he had an 0.8 and 0.7 fWAR and pitched in the postseason both seasons.
The 34-year-old has some closer experience with leading the AL in saves with 41 in 2015. That season he was an All-Star.
Boxberger is 31-37 with a 3.44 ERA, 93 holds and 82 saves in 484 career appearances with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, and Brewers.
The Brewers gave him a $750,000 buyout after declining his team option last month.
The Cubs have signed Brad Boxberger, according to reports.— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) December 15, 2022
Boxberger had a 2.95 ERA over 70 games last season with Milwaukee. pic.twitter.com/kdKuBoQqTU