I feel like the Cubs have been after Brad Boxberger for years. In the past it was via trade during his time with the Rays. But today, the Cubs have added him via free agency. Pretty reasonable deal, too!
One-year and $2.8 million for a 34-year-old righty who posted a 2.95 ERA (3.44 xERA, 3.57 FIP) with the Brewers last season over 64.0 IP? I can very much dig that. As a matter of fact, Boxberger has been quite solid for three straight seasons, is usually quite durable, and has been especially good from 2021-2022:
- 128.2 IP (23rd in MLB)
- 3.15 ERA (53rd)
- 87.3 MPH exit velocity (36th)
- 6.5% barrel rate (50th in MLB)
- 34.4% barrel rate (44th in MLB)
He’s not a closer type, but he’s a legitimate, established, “set-and-forget” reliever for the 7th inning or later.
And again, this is a guy I’m pretty sure the Cubs have targeted for years. But even if he wasn’t any of the above, the ONE thing I will trust the Cubs on is their relief infrastructure. They have been very good at getting the most out of relievers for a few years now, and get my benefit of the doubt on that front.
It’s a good signing. A necessary signing. Now do a lot more.