Cubs sign Lefty Drew Smyly to one-year deal – NBC Chicago

Cubs bring back left-hander Drew Smyly on a one-year deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs continue to rack up throwing depth, and now they’re bringing back a familiar face.

The Cubs have signed southpaw Drew Smyly to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman announced the deal was worth $5.25 million and included $2.5 million in incentives.

Smyly, 33 in June, signed a two-year contract with the Cubs after the 2017 season but was expected to miss part of 2018 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery .

He didn’t make an appearance with the Cubs, and they traded him to the Rangers in November to offset the cost of Cole Hamels’ 2019 option.

Smyly spent last season with the World Series champion Braves going 11-4 and having a 4.48 ERA in 29 games (23 starts).

In eight seasons with the Tigers, Rays, Rangers, Phillies, Giants and Atlanta, he holds a 4.18 ERA in 217 appearances – 134 starts.

He could be an option to start for the Cubs or throw several innings out of the bullpen.

Cubs president Jed Hoyer said this week that his goal is to add a lot of shots β€” every team’s biggest concern this season with Opening Day ramping up rapidly after the MLB lockdown.

The Cubs have signed more than half a dozen pitchers over the past week. That includes Jesse Chavez, another ex-Cub and Smyly’s teammate in Atlanta last season, on a minor league contract.

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