Wednesday proved to be an active day for the Chicago Cubs as the team agreed to terms with veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer on a one-year deal for the league minimum, traded relief pitcher Erich Uelmen to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations, signed veteran left-handed reliever Brad Wieck to a two-year minor-league deal and introduced veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart.
Barnhart, who signed a two-year deal with the Cubs earlier this offseason, spoke with reporters on Wednesday and mentioned how the team's moves this offseason indicate their intention to win at the Major League level.
"“I've been around long enough to see and to realize you don't make certain moves unless the eye is to start trending towards winning," said Tucker Barnhart, an eight-year veteran catcher who landed a two-year deal with the Cubs last week."- Tim Stebbins, NBC Sports Chicago
There is no question that the Cubs have an eye toward returning to contention at the Major League level. By signing Barnhart to a two-year deal, starting pitcher Jameson Taillon to a four-year deal, and shortstop Dansby Swanson to a seven-year deal, the Cubs have made moves that bring them closer to a respectable level of production at the Major League level.
Wade Miley signs with the Milwaukee Brewers
Former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher has signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Interestingly enough, Barnhart credited Miley when explaining to reporters on Wednesday why he decided to sign with the Cubs. Injuries limited Miley to only 8 starts for the Cubs in 2022 but he was effective when healthy as he posted a 3.16 ERA.
Chicago Cubs sign Ryan Borucki to minor-league deal
The Chicago Cubs have added another left-handed relief pitcher on a minor-league deal as they signed Ryan Borucki on Wednesday.
There is no doubt that the Cubs need another left-handed relief pitcher in their bullpen and Borucki is the latest candidate. they have taken a flyer on. Borucki has a sinking fastball that can reach the mid-90s and likely will be in competition with Roenis Elias and Anthony Kay during Spring Training for a spot in the Cubs' bullpen.