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Cubs sign veteran reliever Brad Boxberger


by - Senior Editor -

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.

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