3 Cubs making a strong case for the Opening Day roster

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3 Cubs making a strong case for the Opening Day roster: 3. Julian Merryweather

31-year-old reliever Julian Merryweather was claimed off waivers by the Cubs in January after the Toronto Blue Jays designated him for assignment.

2022 was the most time Merryweather saw in the big leagues, with 26 appearances on his record to the tune of an inflated 6.75 ERA. Despite these struggles, the Cubs are giving him a look this Spring and he hasn't disappointment so far. In 4 1/3 innings, Merryweather has struck out six men and not given up a run.

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He is also showcasing a blazing fastball that has touched 98 mph. If he can stay healthy, as oblique injuries have plagued him in the past, Merryweather is looking like a decent option for Ross's bullpen.