Another day, another signing for the Chicago Cubs. On Thursday, Jed Hoyer and the Cubs added relief pitcher Mychal Givens to the bullpen for 2022. Givens’ contract is a one-year, $5 million deal that can become as much as $6.25 million with incentives.
As indicated by Jesse Rogers, the Cubs can use Givens in a closing role this season. The team lost Codi Heuer to Tommy John earlier this month and there aren’t many other options in the Cubs’ bullpen with closing experience. Now, Givens might be the instant favorite to take the ninth in save situations for Chicago.
During the 2021 season, Givens appeared in 54 games with between the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds. In those 54 games, Givens possessed a 3.35 ERA, with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks. In addition, he picked up eight saves, all with the Reds down the stretch in their playoff hunt last season.
Jed Hoyer is busy signing arms. It appears teams are prepping for pitchers lack of readiness come Opening Day, so having plentiful depth will be key if guys are hurt or simply struggling early on. Givens is a perfect addition to a bullpen severely in need of a closer.
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