The Chicago Cubs have announced their first signing of the offseason, bringing in pitcher Edwin Escobar to a deal. The news was first reported by Luis Enrique Morales on Monday night in Venezuela, where Escobar is currently pitching in the Winter Leagues.
Escobar, who was once a top-100 prospect, has spent the last seven seasons pitching in Japan and has had great success there. In 58 total appearances between the Japanese and Venezuelan Winter League, he has a 4-2 record with a 3.33 ERA, striking out 46 batters in 51.1 innings of work.
The Cubs may be looking for some depth in their bullpen and Escobar could provide that. It’s unclear what type of contract he signed, but it’s likely that he will come to spring training with an opportunity to compete for a spot on the roster.
One interesting thing to note about this signing is that Escobar has been a teammate of pitcher Shota Imanaga, who is expected to come to the big leagues in 2024 and has been repeatedly connected to the Cubs in free agency rumors. This could be seen as a sign that the Cubs are building for the future and are looking for young talent to develop within their organization.
Overall, this signing by the Chicago Cubs marks an exciting new chapter as they look to rebuild their roster for next season.