The Cubs finally added a lefty to the bullpen mix signing Xavier Cedeño to a one-year deal Tuesday. According to the Athletic's Patrick Mooney, the contract is valued at $900,000 and is not guaranteed.
The Cubs opened camp hoping to add another reliever who would fit within their budget and landed Xavier Cedeño with a $900,000 non-guaranteed deal.
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) February 14, 2019
Cedeño started the season with the White Sox before being traded to the Brewers. The 32-year old Puerto Rico native is primarily a matchup lefty, throwing only 33.1 innings in 48 appearances last season. He was excellent in that role with a 2.43 ERA in 2018 including a 1.13 ERA in 15 appearances in Milwaukee.
He previously pitched for Tampa, Houston, and Washington. His best season was 2015 when he posted a 2.35 ERA primarily for the Rays. Cedeño has only two pitches a mid-80's cutter and a high-70's curve. While he strikes out an above average amount of hitters he also walks them above the average rate. A lot of the outs he generates are on the ground, over 54%.
The Cubs placed Kendall Graveman on the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for their new reliever.