The Cubs are throwing another name into the ring of relievers for 2019.
The Cubs signed free-agent right-hander Tony Barnette to a one-year deal Friday afternoon. The agreement comes with a club option for 2020.
Barnette is not a household name, but he has 125 career big-league appearances with the Texas Rangers, posting an 11-4 record, 3.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
He appeared in just 22 games last year with the Rangers, going 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 26 strikeouts against only 5 walks in 26.1 innings before a lat injury ended his season prematurely.
Barnette, 35, is a former 2006 10th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he spent three-plus years in the minor leagues before a move to Japan. He pitched for the Yakult Swallows in Tokyo from 2010-15, picking up 97 saves in the Japan Central League.
He returned to the MLB ahead of the 2016 season and has been a part of the Rangers bullpen since.
If the figures are accurate, the Cubs are getting Barnette on a low-risk big-league deal and he will likely be a part of the Opening Day bullpen puzzle, joining Brad Brach as the offseason additions.
With Barnette in tow, the Cubs' bullpen currently looks like this:
Tyler Chatwood is also owed more than $12 million in 2019, but his role with the team is still undetermined.
Brandon Morrow is slated to begin the year on the disabled list and the Cubs have a host of other depth options for the bullpen, including Alec Mills, Randy Rosario, Kyle Ryan, Dillon Maples, Rowan Wick, James Norwood, Junichi Tazawa and George Kontos.