The Cubs are throwing another name into the ring of relievers for 2019.
The Cubs signed free-agent right-hander Tony Barnette to a one-year deal Friday afternoon. The agreement comes with a club option for 2020.
Barnette is not a household name, but he has 125 career big-league appearances with the Texas Rangers, posting an 11-4 record, 3.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
He appeared in just 22 games last year with the Rangers, going 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 26 strikeouts against only 5 walks in 26.1 innings before a lat injury ended his season prematurely.
Barnette, 35, is a former 2006 10th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he spent three-plus years in the minor leagues before a move to Japan. He pitched for the Yakult Swallows in Tokyo from 2010-15, picking up 97 saves in the Japan Central League.
He returned to the MLB ahead of the 2016 season and has been a part of the Rangers bullpen since.
If the figures are accurate, the Cubs are getting Barnette on a low-risk big-league deal and he will likely be a part of the Opening Day bullpen puzzle, joining Brad Brach as the offseason additions.
With Barnette in tow, the Cubs' bullpen currently looks like this:
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Tyler Chatwood is also owed more than $12 million in 2019, but his role with the team is still undetermined.
Brandon Morrow is slated to begin the year on the disabled list and the Cubs have a host of other depth options for the bullpen, including Alec Mills, Randy Rosario, Kyle Ryan, Dillon Maples, Rowan Wick, James Norwood, Junichi Tazawa and George Kontos.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Cubs easily on your device.