Left Handed Reliever Xavier Cedeño Signs With Cubs


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.

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.

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  • What is going to happen with the 25 man
    roster soon

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Spring training should work that out. Also trades & injuries. Puts guys on notice now. Edwards, Duensing, Kintzler, Chatwood. The guys they added are cheap so if they want, they could cut & under performer & if there’s options, send him down.

    That said, I like this low risk/high reward signing.

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    I like it!!!

  • Hey the more competition, the better.

    The Cubs badly needed a lefty addition with Wilson's departure, and even though Cedeńo isn't a fireballer like Wilson, he's consistently gotten the job done these last couple of years. Solid addition, and I fully expect him to make the squad.

    If I were to guess what the bullpen looks like come Opening Day, I expect the following 8 arms (Morrow is on the DL):

    Strop - RHP
    Cishek - RHP
    CEJ - RHP
    Brach - RHP
    Kintzler - RHP
    Barnette - RHP
    Cedeño - LHP
    Montgomery - LHP

    I think Duensing ends up being DFA'd, and I think that Chatwood comes down with a mysterious injury this Spring that results in him being placed on the DL to start the season as well as the team buys some time with the guys they've got.

    Though I will say, if Kintzler bounces back this season, and CEJ takes that step we've all been waiting for, this becomes a very, very deep bullpen.

  • In reply to Average Samaritan:

    A better scenario is that Chatwood consistently throws strikes in AZ enough to be trusted as a long relief/6th starter and that MiMo gets packaged to a place where he can start together with some salary dump (Dunsing/Kintzler). Prospects and enough cash to sign Maldenado.

  • In reply to charactercounts:

    It will take a while for me to trust Chatwood to a level that makes Montgomery available for a trade. I understand he's making some progress, but Montgomery has so much value as a swing guy.

  • In reply to charactercounts:

    A better, better scenario is that Chatwood shows enough promise that some other team takes him off the Cubs books.

  • In reply to Average Samaritan:

    I'm pulling for Luke Hagerty...

  • In reply to Average Samaritan:

    Randy GOAT Rosario might force his way into the bullpen picture again this year. Except for a few hiccups (possibly related to being optioned out every other day last August), he did a really nice job with the Cubs last year.

  • The Cubs sign yet another sub velocity reliever to throw to two catchers who are rated near the bottom for framing. Good grief, will it ever end?

  • In reply to veteran:

    Well, who would you go out and get?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    All the EXPENSIVE guys, of course.

  • 42 pitchers in camp. The catchers must be working their butts off warming up all these pitchers.

  • So many FA's can't they sign at least 1

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    They've signed like 5 or 6 so far... Did you mean "so many named 'Harper'?"

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