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Chicago Cub’s, Brian Duensing Agrees To Terms On Two-Year Contract

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Chicago Cub’s, Brian Duensing Agrees To Terms On Two-Year Contract

The 2017-2018 Hot Stove has been on the cold side with little to no news, leaving fans, especially Cubs fans, on the edge of their seats. Not the biggest splash but still news, left-hand pitcher Brian Duensing re-signs with Cubs on a two year deal.

Brian Duensing arguably was Cubs best-buy during the 2017 season. He joined the Cubs on December 2, 2016 on a one a year deal worth a measly $2 million. The 34-year old, went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA (19 ER/68.1 IP) including 13 holds in 68 appearances for the the Cubs last season, which he began on the disabled list. He also struck out 61 batters and walked 19, averaging about 9 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per standard 9 innings.

The left-hander’s 2.74 ERA was the third-lowest among any southpaw in National League with at least 65 appearances.

Duensing best stretch began on June 22nd through August 7th in which he surrendered no runs. During the 16.1 innings. he only gave up 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 17 batters and limiting batters to a .161 batting average.

He also appeared in 5 games during the team’s postseason run, going 1-1 with a hold and 1.69 ERA (1 ER/5.1 IP).

Duensing went to Twitter to share his joy of re-signing with his followers, mainly the Cubs fans.

The Cubs off-season focus so far has been signing relievers which include Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek and a few others. While Duensing was a free-agent, Chatwood sniped 32 (Duensing wore 32 last season). A fan asked Duensing about it on Twitter and got a response in return just like Duensing got with his jersey number.

The Cubs 40-man roster now at 39 players.

Yu Darvish to Cubs (Maybe)

Catcher Chris Gimenez is joining the Cubs on a minor league deal according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The nine-year veteran is not known for his offense, but more for his experience, which he can teach the Cub’s young catching core of Wilson Contreras and Victor Caratini.

Gimenez looks to be a selling point to bring Yu Darvish to the northside. He was his teammate and personal catcher during his time as a Texas Ranger.

He batted .220 (41 hits/186 at-vats) with 9 doubles, 7 home runs and 16 runs batted in.