Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports
Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

Cubs reportedly sign veteran reliever


by - Senior Editor -

Veteran reliever Junichi Tazawa was released by the Cubs on Saturday but now back with the team on Tuesday according to multiple reports.

Tazawa has signed a minor league deal and will make $900,000 if he makes the majors this season and up to 1.25 million in performance bonuses. He was given a chance to look for major league deals when he was cut over the weekend but is back with the Cubs and will give them some organization depth for their bullpen.

The 32-year old pitched admirably in the spring giving up only two hits, no walks, and zero runs including nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Last season, he had a record of 1-1 with a 7.07 ERA in 31 games with the Miami Marlins. Overall in the last two seasons, he has a mediocre 6.16 ERA in 83 innings.

For his MLB career over 388 games, he has a 21-26 record with a 4.12 ERA with four saves, 374 strikeouts, and a 1.32 WHIP.

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