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Cubs re-sign Matt Dermody to minor-league deal

Another lefty in camp. Plus, the Cubs add a former Blue Jays reliever.

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Matt Dermody, who threw one scoreless inning for the 2020 Cubs in this September 6 loss to the Cardinals, has been re-signed to a minor-league deal, per MLB Trade Rumors:

The Cubs have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Matt Dermody, MLBTR has learned. The 30-year-old southpaw will be invited to Major League Spring Training to compete for a bullpen job.

The MLBTR article also notes that the Cubs have just two lefthanded relievers on the 40-man roster, Brad Wieck and Kyle Ryan, so Dermody might have a decent shot at breaking camp with the big-league squad.

Dermody was a 28th-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2013 draft and pitched in 28 games for them in 2016 and 2017 with limited success: 5.33 ERA, 1.342 WHIP.

Earlier Wednesday, the Cubs added another former Blue Jays reliever to their minor-league signing list:

Joe Biagini was drafted by the Giants in 2011 and was selected by Toronto in the 2015 Rule 5 draft. He had a pretty good year for the Jays in 2016 (3.06 ERA, 1.300 WHIP in 60 games, but since then — not so much. He was sent to the Astros along with Aaron Sanchez for Derek Fisher at the trading deadline in 2019.

This is like getting a couple of small toys for Christmas when what you really wanted was the new video-game system.

But that’s where we are in the history of Cubs baseball. Happy Holidays.


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