Sooooooo, things actually happened on Wednesday, but none of them have involved the Cubs so far. Other than picking up right-hander Jharel Cotton for cash from the A’s, the Cubs haven’t been active early on in the offseason. Still no moves to directly address the pitching staff and now another one of the top free agent relievers has been signed.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz was dominant in the bullpen to finish off the 2019 season and after the Braves signed Will Smith and Chris Martin, Pomeranz became the most sought after relievers on the market.
The Padres, who also made a trade with Milwaukee Wednesday, are reportedly signing Pomeranz to a multi-year deal.
The 31-year-old lefty had a 1.88 ERA in 28.2 innings as a reliever in 2019, striking out 50 batters between his time with the Giants and Brewers out of the bullpen.
Holy crap, it’s a four-year deal.
Padres betting big on those two months of relief work continuing.
Earlier today the Rangers jumped the starting pitching market and signed Kyle Gibson to a three-year contract worth $30 million.
Projections were pretty close to what Gibson ended up getting, but he did do better than MLB Trade Rumors’ prediction of two years for $18 million. MLBTR predicted Gibson signing with the Cubs.
So, more waiting for Cubs fans.