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Cubs sign James McDonald to a minor league deal

Jan 31, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

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Bruce Levine of reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher James McDonald to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp in spring training.

McDonald, 29, suffered a strained shoulder after his sixth start with the Pirates last season. He did not return, finishing 2013 with a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings of work. In the past, McDonald has shown glimmers of promise with a decent ability to miss bats but control and a tendency to give up home runs have held him back.

McDonald will try to win a spot at the back of the Cubs’ starting rotation, but he could also end up contributing out of the bullpen at some point.

  1. musketmaniac - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    excellent pick up. he’ll make the team. maybe even the rotation. but no matter how well he pitches early, look for fatigue around a 125 innings.

  2. thepittsburghkid - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Personally, I think he’s done. The speed of his fastball have decreased each year he has pitched in the majors. I have never seen a player lose confidence in himself as quickly as James does. I doubt he helps a big league club in any capacity this year.

  3. whocares44 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Not going to help any….
    Last place in 2014 Again..

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