Cubs sign former All-Star reliever to minor league deal


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Veteran reliever Kelvin Herrera was signed by the Cubs to a minor league deal on Thursday. (Credit: Kelley L. Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Veteran reliever Kelvin Herrera was signed by the Cubs to a minor league deal on Thursday. (Credit: Kelley L. Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO — As fate would have it, with the Chicago Cubs currently engaged in a four-game stretch against the Kansas City Royals, the Cubs inked a former All-Star Royals reliever to a minor league deal on Thursday. Kelvin Herrera, who was a mainstay in the Royals' bullpen during their American League pennant-winning seasons of 2014 and 2015, agreed to a contract with the Cubs organization.

Herrera, now 30, began his MLB tenure in 2011 with the Royals and was an All-Star in 2015 and 2016. In the midst of the 2018 season, he was traded to the Washington Nationals. Herrera next joined the Chicago White Sox and struggled through a woeful 2019 season. The right-hander was recently designated for assignment by the White Sox, and he is now set to join the Cubs in an attempt to rebound his career.

The Cubs also signed reliever Matt Dermody to a minor league deal. Dermody previously pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and 2017. The 30-year-old left-hander is another reliever who, like Herrera, could potentially bolster a Cubs bullpen that has struggled out of the gate.

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