Cubs reportedly signing former Braves reliever
|Friday, December 6, 2019, 9:28 AM- -|
The Chicago Cubs need more help for their bullpen depth in 2020.
The team is currently addressing those needs by reportedly signing free-agent reliever Daniel Winkler to a one-year deal. He is another low cost, high reward guy with some upside considering he is controllable through the 2021 season via arbitration.
Winkler had a 3-1 record with a 4.98 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 27 appearances (21 2/3 innings) with the Atlanta Braves last season. In Triple-A, he had a 2.93 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 23 walks in 30 2/3 innings.
In 2018, the 29-year old had an impressive 3.43 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 1.19 WHIP in 60 innings.
He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 20th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 43rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Parkland College but didn't sign as he chose to attend Central Florida.
Sources: #Cubs in agreement with free-agent reliever Daniel Winkler on one-year deal.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 6, 2019
A 29-year old with a good cutter.— Michael Ernst (@mj_ernst) December 6, 2019
Has had horrible injury luck in his career: TJS and then a fractured elbow caused him to miss like 3 seasons.
Had a good 2018 for Atlanta. Struggled a bit with control in 2019 and fell off his previous pace. Went to SF at deadline for Melancon. https://t.co/7TkJ8hqavY
I’d think of Winkler as joining the list of candidates competing for that last bullpen slot. He’s probably the favorite.— Cubs Prospects - Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) December 6, 2019
I also doubt the net 40-man roster effect changes, because I’d imagine Pelham will soon be waived/outrighted and Winkler just gets that spot. https://t.co/AakZi1kZK5