The Cubs have signed relievers Kelvin Herrera and Matt Dermody to minor league deals, the club announced Thursday.
The White Sox designated Herrera for assignment last week after an ineffective stint in their bullpen. The right-hander finished 2019 with a 6.14 ERA in 57 appearances, surrendering 35 earned runs in 51 1/3 innings. He's allowed four earned runs in two outings (2 1/3 innings) this season, giving up two home runs.
Herrera, the once-dominant Royals reliever, saw his 2018 season end early with a foot injury. He spent time on the injured list last season with a right oblique strain.
“We were hoping to see a little bit more out of him,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Friday. “I know everybody was kind of behind the 8-ball. But we gave him the whole year last year to kind of work through the foot injury and try to settle in. He left camp still right around 91 miles an hour, still wasn't the same guy that everybody was used to seeing the previous years of his service."
Dermody joins the Cubs from the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League (independent). The lefty spent 2018 and '19 in Triple-A with the Blue Jays and holds a career 3.68 ERA in 178 minors appearances (17 starts). His ERA stands at 5.33 in 28 big league appearances, including 23 in 2017.
Both pitchers will report to the Cubs South Bend training site. Their 60-man player pool is at capacity.