Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports that the team and veteran relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera have agreed to a two-year deal worth $18-million. The deal reportedly includes a vesting third-year option, as well.
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Herrera, 29, spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Kansas City Royals before being traded to the Washington Nationals in June.
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An All-Star in 2015 and 2016, Herrera has closing experience, with 60 career saves. He had a 2.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 48 games split between the Royals and Nationals in 2018 while also posting a 7.7 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate. While there are some concerns about his durability due to prior injuries, the upside and proven track record of Herrera is too good to pass up. And, hey, it's a guy who played with Harper last season. Chicago also acquired reliever Alex Colome from Seattle in late November, and he's a candidate for the closer's role as well.