The Cubs have agreed to a minor-league deal with Josh Collmenter, a team source confirmed Wednesday, adding an experienced right-hander to their Triple-A inventory.
The Arizona Diamondbacks recently released Collmenter, a change-of-pace pitcher with a unique delivery and an 85-mph fastball who dealt with a shoulder injury and struggled to find a role as a swingman this season (4.84 ERA in 22-plus innings).
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The plan is to stretch out Collmenter as a starter at Iowa, in case of an emergency with the big-league rotation. The agreement - first reported by SB Nation - is pending a physical and would technically allow the Cubs to control Collmenter in 2017 given his major-league service time.
For a 15th-round pick out of Central Michigan University, Collmenter, 30, carved out a nice career with the Diamondbacks, going 36-33 with a 3.54 ERA across six seasons, making 200 appearances and 75 starts, including Opening Day 2015.