Cubs, Dan Winkler Agree To 1-Year Deal

Winkler has a career 3.68 ERA, including a 4.98 ERA in 2019.

670 The Score Staff
December 06, 2019 - 9:42 am

(670 The Score) The Cubs have made their first move of the offseason to add to their bullpen.

Chicago and righty reliever Dan Winkler have agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday afternoon. Winkler had been outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster at the end of this past season. He had previously spent all five of his MLB seasons with the Braves, who traded him to the Giants in late July.

Winkler, who turns 30 in February, had a 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings in 27 appearances in 2019. He had a 3.43 ERA in 69 appearances in 2018 and has a career 3.68 ERA.

Winkler was injury-plagued early in his career, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 and suffered an elbow injury in 2016.

The Cubs' desire has been to add more swing-and-miss relievers to their bullpen, and Winkler fits the bill. He has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings in his career.