Shelby Miller, Matt Duffy among Cubs' non-roster spring training invitees

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Cubs announce list of 25 non-roster spring training invitees originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs on Friday announced their list of 25 non-roster invitees for spring training, a group that includes 13 pitchers, five infielders, four outfielders and three catchers.

Of the group, notable veteran names include right-hander Shelby Miller and infielder Matt Duffy, whom the Cubs signed to minor league deals this winter, as well as catcher José Lobatón.

If healthy, Miller, 30, could be an option for the Opening Day starting rotation. The right-hander has pitched in just 28 games (16 starts) since 2017, undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2017. He was in camp with the Brewers last season but opted out of the season due to COVID-19.

Miller will make $875K if he makes the Opening Day roster and his contract holds $600K in incentives. 

Duffy, 30, has five seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Rays, most recently with Tampa Bay (2018-19). He spent 2020 at the Yankees alternate training site.

Duffy, who's a career .282/.338/.380 hitter, has experience playing third base, second and shortstop and is a potential infield depth option for the Cubs.

Lobatón spent part of 2020 at the Cubs' alternate site and offers potential veteran catching depth behind starter Willson Contreras and backup Austin Romine, whom the Cubs signed this winter. P.J. Higgins is another depth catching option.

Other familiar veteran names are outfielder Ian Miller, who appeared in one game with the Cubs in 2020 and spent a bulk of the season at the alternate site, outfielder and Illinois native Nick Martini, and lefty relievers Rex Brothers (three appearances with the Cubs in 2020) and Adam Morgan (199 appearances with Phillies, 2015-20).

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