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It's official: Cubs sign lefty specialist


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MESA – The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño have agreed to terms on a 2019 non-guaranteed contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cedeño, 32, combined to go 2-0 with one save, 11 holds and a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in 48 relief appearances between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers last season. He was acquired by the Brewers on August 31 and allowed only one run in 8.0 innings covering 15 outings, good for 1.13 ERA. Cedeño combined to allow only one home run in 33.1 innings last year and limited all batters to a .210 batting average, including a .207 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .212 mark vs. righthanders.

The southpaw is a career 10-7 with 57 holds, three saves and a 3.69 ERA (72 ER/175.2 IP) in 249 relief appearances covering all or part of eight major league seasons with Houston (2011-13), Washington (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2015-17), the White Sox (2018) and Milwaukee (2018). He has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning by fanning 174 batters in 175.2 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cedeño was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 31st round of the 2004 Draft.

Chicago’s 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

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