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The Chicago Cubs re-signed outfielder Michael Hermosillo to a one-year, $600,000 major league deal on Wednesday night before MLB entered a lockout on Thursday. The 26-year-old was non-tendered on Wednesday before the Cubs decided to re-sign him to a new deal. Hermosillo dealt with several injuries that slowed him down last season, but he managed three home runs in 38 plate appearances while also slashing .194/.237/.500. Both he and recently added outfielder Harold Ramirez are options to cover all three outfield spots in Chicago. And for a rebuilding Cubs team, there's a chance that both Hermosillo and Ramirez play their way into starting spots in 2022. Hermosillo has a .190/.276/.343 slash line with four home runs and 13 RBI in 72 career games at the big-league level with the Cubs and Los Angeles Angels.
According to a tweet from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Chicago Cubs have reportedly signed free-agent starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. Per Passan, it'll be a three-year contract for Stroman worth $71 million that also includes an opt-out after the second season. The 30-year-old pitched to a 3.02 ERA and a 3.49 FIP in 179 innings for the New York Mets this past season, striking out 158 batters while allowing just 44 walks. He'll step in as the ace of a rotation that should also feature Kyle Hendricks, Wade Miley, Alec Mills, and Adbert Alzolay, among others.
Outfielder Clint Frazier is set to become the newest member of the Chicago Cubs, as a one-year major-league contract has been finalized. A former top draft pick by Cleveland, Frazier has thus far failed to live up to his elite prospect status, culminating in being designated for assignment by the Yankees this offseason. He'll be given every opportunity to succeed by the rebuilding Cubs, and he could become a multi-year option for the team as he's under club control through 2025. Health issues have been the major roadblock for Frazier, as he has battled concussions and vertigo among other issues, but his .267/.394/.511 slash line and eight homers in the shortened 2020 season provide a glimpse at his potential.
According to a tweet from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, the Chicago Cubs are reportedly close to signing free-agent outfielder Clint Frazier to a one-year contract. Frazier hit .186 with a .317 on-base percentage, five home runs, and a pair of stolen bases in 218 plate appearances for the New York Yankees last season. The 27-year-old has a career .195 ISO and 29 home runs in 807 lifetime plate appearances in the Majors. The outfielders currently on Chicago's 40-man roster include Jason Heyward, Ian Happ, Rafael Ortega, Harold Ramirez, Nelson Velazquez, Greg Deichmann, Michael Hermosillo, and Alexander Canario.
According to a tweet from Sports Grid's Craig Mish, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent catcher Yan Gomes. Per Mish, the contract is worth $13 million. Gomes hit .252 with a .301 on-base percentage and 14 home runs in 375 plate appearances last season for the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics. He'll give the Cubs another established catching option alongside longtime starter Willson Contreras. Contreras hit .237 with a .340 on-base percentage, 21 home runs, and five stolen bases in 483 plate appearances last season. Even with Gomes reportedly signing, Contreras still looks like the starter if Chicago doesn't trade him, although that's purely speculative.