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Cubs sign reliever Brad Brach

Divisional Round - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Brad Brach #46 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning during Game One of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with reliever Brad Brach, pending a physical. Jeff Passan says it’s a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Brach, a righty who will turn 33 early in the season, split time in 2018 between the Orioles and the Braves last season, appearing in 69 total games with a 3.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 60/28 in 62.2 innings. Overall that was a down year for him, but he was outstanding following his trade to Atlanta at the end of July. His performance there -- a 1.52 ERA in 27 games while allowing far fewer hits and walks -- was more in keeping with his strong track record over the past several seasons. Indeed, he has pitched more than 60 innings every year with a 145 ERA+ since 2014.

Which makes one year and three million bucks seem like a heck of an underpay.

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