Cubs sign former All-Star reliever to one-year deal
|Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:37 PM- -|
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.
Per source, Jeremy Jeffress’ performance bonuses with the Cubs will pay him $50,000 each for 40, 45, 50 and 55 games pitched (up to $200K total).— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 29, 2020
Jeffress had a down year in ‘19 after a great one in ‘18. At least gives the Cubs another veteran besides Kimbrel in pen. Money in line with what Cubs have told agents all winter: Not much to spend. Story coming at https://t.co/WysEvNtIEd— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) January 28, 2020
Reliever Jeremy Jeffress and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a one-year, $850,000 major league contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Jeffress can earn an additional $200,000 based on games pitched.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 28, 2020
Might be splitting hairs because a deal for Steven Souza isn’t technically done so either he or Jeffress becomes the first ML signing for the Cubs this winter. Either way, both are low cost w room to rebuild career.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) January 28, 2020
While '19 was a year to forget for Jeremy Jeffress, he was often dealing with injury.— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) January 28, 2020
He's only one year removed from having one of the better CB in the game.
Nice low risk, high reward signing for the Cubs. pic.twitter.com/FDYtr3Lokl