To the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona, the Cubs put the finishing touches onto a one-piece bargain with free agent reliever Brad Brach.

The Cubs announced they signed Brach to some yearlong contract which involves a mutual option for the 2020 season. The deal, which was arranged on Jan. 24, includes a base salary of $3 million to’19 and is currently valued at $4.35 million ensured. With Brach’s accession, Chicago’s 40-man roster reaches capacity and full of a variety of alternatives for a busy bullpen contest that spring.

To the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona, the Cubs put the finishing touches onto a one-piece bargain with free agent reliever Brad Brach.

The Cubs announced they signed Brach to some yearlong contract which involves a mutual option for the 2020 season. The deal, which was arranged on Jan. 24, includes a base salary of $3 million to’19 and is currently valued at $4.35 million ensured. With Brach’s accession, Chicago’s 40-man roster reaches capacity and full of a variety of alternatives for a busy bullpen contest that spring.

Pitchers and catchers are slated to report to Mesa, Ariz., to get the Cubs on Tuesday together with the first official workout to follow on Wednesday. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 18 and Chicago will open its own Cactus League ledger against the Brewers on Feb. 2-3 at Sloan Park.

Brach provides some additional right-handed depth for the Cubs, who is without closer Brandon Morrow for its first month of the season. Morrow underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right elbow on Nov. 6 to tidy up any cartilage in the joint.

Last season, the Cubs’ relief corps directed the National League with a 3.35 ERA, .225 competitions’ average and 0.78 home runs allowed per nine innings, but there were other statistical areas of concern. For example, the bullpen’s walk speed (11 per cent ) was 14th in the NL, the strike out rate (22.6 per cent ) ranked ninth and the group logged the fifth-most innings (588 1/3) in the Senior Circuit.

Brach, who will turn 33 offers a few experienced depth for Chicago’s throw of relief arms.

After being traded to Atlanta by the end of Julyhe bought a 1.52 ERA in 23 2/3 innings over the growing season’s final two months. Brach held right-handed batters to your .243 average (.692 OPS) last year, but he saw lefties hit .330 (.838 OPS) him off.

not being picked until the 42nd round of the 2008 Draft brach has assembled an eight-year livelihood in the major leagues together with , and Atlanta. He also owns a 3.08 career ERA with 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 424 appearances (all in relief), and he was an All-Star for the in’16, when he submitted a 2.05 ERA.