The Chicago Cubs have recently made their first signing of the offseason, as reported by several outlets. Pitcher Edwin Escobar has signed with the team and is expected to join the Cubs in spring training.
Escobar, a former Top-100 prospect, last pitched in the big leagues in 2016 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 25 games, he posted a 7.23 ERA. However, he has spent the last seven seasons pitching in Japan, where he has been successful. He pitched for the Yokohama Bay Stars for six of those years and had a 4-2 record with a 3.33 ERA in 58 total appearances between the Japanese and Venezuelan Winter League.
It’s not yet clear what type of contract Escobar signed, but it’s likely that he will come to spring training with an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen. His experience pitching in Japan could prove beneficial to him as he makes his return to Major League Baseball (MLB).
Interestingly enough, Escobar was also a teammate of Shota Imanaga, another pitcher who is expected to come to MLB soon and has been connected to the Cubs in free agency rumors. It’s not yet known if Imanaga will be joining Escobar on this team or if they will be competing against each other for spots on the roster.