Report: Chicago Cubs reportedly signing Roenis Elias

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Some late-night breaking news that seems to be flying under the radar tonight. The Chicago Cubs are reportedly in agreement with former Mariners LHP, Roenis Elias. Contract details still unknown at the time of writing.

Emphasis on pitching "really good" in the Dominican Winter League. In 39 IP, he currently has a sparkly 0.92 ERA. More surprisingly, all seven games in which Elias has appeared have been games that he has started. After requiring Tommy John surgery in 2021, Elias came back to the Mariners' minor league system this year and took some time before getting back to form, posting an underwhelming 5.12 ERA in 65.0 frames. He eventually had his contract selected, was DFAed, and outrighted back to the minors before electing free agency.

Since then, he has been on an unreal stretch. Adding him, presumably on a minor league deal, gives Chicago some much-needed left-handed pitching depth to be called upon when needed. Currently, the Cubs only have one southpaw Brandon Hughes in the bullpen. Elias has recorded a 3.96 ERA in seven seasons of his MLB career. If he can pitch anything like what he's doing in the Winter League, he is a welcomed addition to a bullpen that lacks lefties. More details on this signing will surely trickle in throughout the morning.