A big question mark about the state of the Cubs bullpen going into 2021 is now answered, as the Cubs announced on Tuesday they had agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera, who first appeared with the club in the shortened 2020 season.
While terms of the deal were not confirmed at the time of its announcement, the agreement will see Tepera back in the pen for one more year. In 2020 over 21 games he posted a 3.92 ERA, 3.34 FIP, but also a career high 1.403 WHIP. He had an 0-1 record and two holds over the shortened season.
Tepera is 33 and spent the first five seasons of his career with the Blue Jays, where he maintained a 3.64 ERA over 215.1 innings of work.
In a corresponding move, the Cubs have designated right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. for assignment. Underwood Jr., who is 26, spent the last three seasons in the majors with the Cubs, appearing in 30 games — once as a starter in 2018, but primarily in relief — and has a career 5.20 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and 1.431 WHIP at the major league level.