Cubs News: Team signs Kelvin Hererra, Matt Dermody to MiLB contracts

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The Chicago Cubs announced on August 6th that they have signed Kelvin Hererra and Matt Dermody to Minor League contracts.

The Chicago Cubs, in a flurry of roster moves, signed two new relievers to the team. Right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the White Sox and left-hander Matt Dermody from the Constellation Energy League. This fills the 60-man roster for the season unless other moves are made before the trade deadline.

With the main weakness of this season’s Cubs being the bullpen, these new additions may help if they get called up from the minors.

Herrera, before being cut by the White Sox, played for the Washington Nationals and the Kansas City Royals. Herrera was the Royals closer in their 2014 and 2015 World Series appearances and played eight total seasons with them. But when he was signed to the Nationals, he was hit with the common roadblock of injury.

He originally had a shoulder impingement and then came back and suffered from a foot fracture. Then he was signed to a two year deal with the White Sox in which he struggled significantly leading to him being cut this year.

There still is upside to Herrera, though. He is 30 years old, and time in the minors may help him get back to the pitcher he was for the Royals.

Dermody, on the other side, has a minimal Major League track record. Only pitching 25 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays in the 2016/2017 season. But the Cubs signed him because of the way he has shown his talent in the Indie Circuit this season.

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With the Cubs starters being one of the best rotations this season, the bullpen has shown that help is needed in some way. Getting one veteran in Herrera and a guy who has yet to prove himself in the Majors in Dermody may be what this bullpen needs. We won’t know though until moves are made to get them on the Big League roster this season possibly.

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