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Cubs add to bullpen depth with veteran arm

1 year agoTony Andracki

As the hot stove market continues to swirl with deals all over the league, the Cubs added a new veteran pitcher to the bullpen mix.

The Cubs reached a 1-year agreement with right-hander Brad Boxberger Thursday.

Boxberger, 34, has enjoyed a solid 11-year career in the big leagues, pitching for the Rays, Padres, Brewers, Royals, Diamondbacks and Marlins. In total, he has a 3.44 ERA in 484 outings with 93 holds and 82 saves while often working as a high-leverage reliever.

He earned a trip to the All-Star Game in 2015 and pitched in the postseason with the Marlins in 2020 and Brewers in 2021.

He has spent the last two years in Milwaukee, tallying 53 holds and 5 saves with a 3.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while striking out 151 batters in 128.2 innings.

Boxberger owns a 3.14 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 13 appearances at Wrigley Field.

The veteran is the first new addition to the Chicago bullpen this offseason. The Cubs have found a lot of success in recent years signing veteran relievers to short-term deals (David Robertson, Chris Martin, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, etc.).

Boxberger will bring experience to a Cubs bullpen that boasts exciting young arms but lack in experience — particularly in high-leverage situations.

Brandon Hughes, Manny Rodríguez, Mark Leiter Jr. and Rowan Wick figure to be a part of the Opening Day bullpen mix while Keegan Thompson and Adbert Alzolay could serve as multi-inning relief weapons.

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