Cubs reportedly sign lefty reliever

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Matt Marton - USA Today Sports
Matt Marton - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs keep adding bullpen depth as they have signed Xavier Cedeno according to multiple reports on Wednesday night.

The contract is for $900,000 with $300,000 worth of incentives on a non-guaranteed deal. His contract will be guaranteed if he makes the Opening Day roster.

However, he will more than likely make the team as he is a talented lefty specialist that teams covet.

The 32-year old had a 2.43 ERA and 9.2 Ks per nine innings in 33.1 innings (48 appearances) between the White Sox and Brewers last season. Against lefties, he held them to a .207 average last season. He also has postseason experience with four appearances with the Brewers in 2018.

In 2017, he pitched only three innings losing the season to a forearm injury.

For his career, he has a 3.69 ERA and 174 strikeouts with a 1.37 WHIP. He will take the roster spot of Kendal Graveman who is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Cedeno will add to Brad Brach and Tony Barnette as bullpen pickups in free agency.


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