Jed Hoyer spoke to the media less than 24 hours before Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for Spring Training. In that press conference, Hoyer mentioned adding another relief pitcher. The Cubs got there guy, reportedly nearing a deal with RHP Brandon Workman.
Workman has spent most of his major league career with the Boston Red Sox. He spent the second half of last season with the Philadelphia Phillies after being traded mid-season by the Red Sox.
Last season, Workman struggled a bit, pitching to a 5.95 ERA, 23 strikeouts in 19.2 innings, and converting nine of a possible 12 saves. Most of his struggles occurred once he was traded, so it’s hard to count 2020 in his overall body of work given the circumstances of the season.
Over the course of his career, Workman has a 3.89 ERA, 25-20 record, 25 saves, and 29 holds. He also has struck out 318 career batters compared to just 136 walks. There is quality in Workman’s career, meaning this becomes a low risk, high reward move for the Cubs. Oh, he also has ties to the front office too.
Hoyer knows what he’s getting into, after possibly asking friend and former colleague Theo Epstein about the former Boston product. The contract is even better for the Cubs sake, considering it cannot exceed $3 million in 2021.
Fans were very vocal about wanting Jeremy Jeffress back after his strong 2020 season. However, the Cubs opted to go with a younger option in Workman over the older Jeffress. Jed Hoyer mentioned a bullpen arm was the last addition the Cubs were making, so its safe to assume the 2021 roster is complete.
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