Cubs sign former All-Star reliever to one-year deal


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Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports
Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs have bolstered their bullpen with the signing of righty reliever Jeremy Jeffress to a one-year MLB deal worth $850,000 on Tuesday according to multiple reports, including ESPN.

The contract pending a physical has additional incentives that can be worth over $200,000 based upon his appearances in 2020.

The 32-year old veteran had a 5.02 ERA with a save, 46 strikeouts, and a 1.37 WHIP in 48 games last season. Most of his performance issues was him dealing with right shoulder weakness and a strained left hip throughout the season.

However, in 2018, he had an All-Star season with an 8-1 record with a sparkling 1.29 ERA along with 15 saves in 76 2/3 total innings with the Brew Crew.

During his impressive big league career, he has a career 3.16 ERA with 44 saves.

If the Cubs get anything close to his former self, this is a solid low-cost signing for the bullpen.

He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round back in 2006.

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