The Cubs entered the postseason needing pitching help and announced the signing of pitcher Kendall Graveman on Sunday.
It's on a one-year major league contract with a club option for the 2020 season and brings the Cubs' 40-man roster to 38.
Graveman—28 years old—is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he had last season with the Athletics.
He could develop into a solid player if his recovery goes well. And the Cubs have protected themselves as well, as the deal is for a low salary and has a team-option.
Cubs Kendall Graveman gets $575 K in 19 and $3 club option in 2020 . No buyout— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 22, 2018
Graveman has only had two MLB seasons where he pitched over a 100 innings, in 2015 and 2016. Over that two-season span, Graveman collected 185 Ks and 85 BBs over 301.2 innings.
Rogers (of ESPN) added that there is no clear indication of when Graveman will be available, so for now he acts as an ineresting value propostion for the Cubs as they continue to navigate this offseason with a tight payroll.