‘KBO League interest’ Lighter Junior, FA → Cubs reunion￼
Right-handed pitcher Mark Reiter Jr. (32) rejoins the Chicago Cubs.
US Sports Illustrated reported on the 4th (Korean time) that the Cubs brought Leiter Jr. back with a minor league contract. What draws attention to this contract is his recent situation. Leiter Junior was designated for transfer (DFA) by the Cubs on the 14th of last month. Six days later, he was notified of a minor league triple-A row, and on the 23rd he was released as a free agent. It seemed that his relationship with the Cubs had been sorted out, but he was wearing the uniform again. 메이저사이트
Leiter Junior appeared in 35 games (four starting games) last year, recording an average ERA of 3.99 with 2 wins and 7 losses. He was responsible for 67 and 2/3 innings as a swingman between the starter and the bullpen, ranking him seventh on the team in innings. Several clubs in the KBO League considered signing him, but it did not lead to an actual contract. Interest was focused on his future, but his choice was ‘Cubs Return’.
Leiter Jr. was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft. He made his big league debut in 2017 and went through the likes of the Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. His career (three years) big league record is 5-14 with a 4.95 earned run average. The position for 2023 is a question mark. Cubs Marcus Stroman (6-7, 3.50 ERA) Keegan Thompson (10-5, 3.76 ERA) Justin Steel (4-7, 3.18 ERA) Drew Smiley (7-8, 3.47 ERA) Kyle Hendricks ( It is expected that it will not be easy to join the rotation as there are not a few starting resources such as 4 wins, 6 losses and an average ERA of 4.80).