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Cubs sign righty Kohl Stewart to one-year deal


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Jonathan Dyer - USA Today Sports
Jonathan Dyer - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs announced Thursday that they have signed righty Kohl Stewart to a one-year major league deal.

The contract is reportedly worth $700,000.

Stewart opted out of playing in 2020 with COVID-19 concerns over health conditions being type one diabetic.

In 2019, he had a 6.39 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in nine appearances (two starts). He spent most of the year at Triple-A Rochester and pitched to a 8-6 record with a 5.14 ERA.

He was 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA (15 ER/36.2 IP) in eight games (four starts) for Minnesota at the age of 23 in his MLB debut season in 2018, walking 18 and striking out 24.

The 26-year-old has a 4.79 ERA in 17 career appearances and was released by the Minnesota Twins in November.

He has a 39-40 record for his minor league career with a 3.60 ERA in 131 career games (125 starts).

Stewart was once a top prospect as he was drafted No. 4 overall out of St. Pius X High School in Texas and two spots behind Kris Bryant in the 2013 amateur draft.

One of the bright spots of this signing is that he has five years left of club control remaining (through 2025) at a very low cost.

This is a decent move by the Cubs if he can show some flashes that made him a top prospect while in college and with the Twins organization (No. 28 on Baseball Prospectus' list).

The Cubs' 40-man roster is now at 37 players.

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