The Cubs have signed free agent right-handed relief pitcher Alex Wilson to a minor league deal, according to Robert Murray of The Athletic. Terms have not been released, but the deal is pending a physical.
Wilson had been pitching for San Antonio, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, before Milwaukee released him on Saturday. Wilson had been in the minors since a poor early season start for the Brewers, where he gave up 12 runs in 11 1⁄3 innings over 13 relief appearances in April. But Wilson put up much better numbers in San Antonio, going 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA and two saves in 29 relief appearances. Walks were a big problem for Wilson in the majors, but in the minors he’s only walked seven batters and has struck out 31 over 38 innings.
Wilson is a seven-year veteran who has pitched for the Red Sox and Tigers in addition to the Brewers. The Indians signed him at the beginning of Spring Training this year, only to release him before the season started. The Brewers signed him a few days later.
Over the course of his career, Wilson is 14-14 with a 3.44 ERA and five saves over 303 games. He throws a cutter and uses it to induce a lot of ground balls.
Presumably Wilson will report to Triple-A Iowa, where they need reinforcements for their bullpen so they don’t have to keep trotting Donnie Dewees out to pitch. But if Wilson continues to pitch like he did in San Antonio, he could see time in Chicago in September.
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