Chicago Cubs Sign Reliever Brian Duensing to a Two-Year Deal

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Brian Duensing

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In an off-season move to further improve the bull pen, the Chicago Cubs signed veteran reliever Brian Duensing to a two-year deal worth a reported $7 million. By securing Duensing through 2019, the Cubs will head into the 2018 season with at least two strong left-hander options to turn to for late-inning pitching.

Entering his 10th year in the majors, the 34-year-old Duensing was drafted by Minnesota in 2005 and spent his first seven seasons playing for the Twins. After a brief stint in Baltimore, he joined the Cubs in 2017. Despite starting last season on the disabled list, Duensing returned to the mound to appear in 63 games. He put up very respectable numbers, maintaining a 2.05 ERA and holding opponents to a .232 batting average.

Alongside Duensing, the Cubs will have lefties Mike Montgomery and Justin Wilson in the bull pen. The team’s other relievers include Dario Alvarez, Brandon Morrow, and Steve Chishek.


Top Cubs Prospect Ian Happ Enjoys Impressive MLB Debut

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Ian Happ

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In mid-May, Triple-A Iowa player Ian Happ got the chance of a lifetime when he was called up to play for the Cubs amidst several team injuries that left the ranks thin. Though the Cubs ended up losing the game against the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, Happ’s MLB debut impressed both fans and team staff.

In the game’s seventh inning, the 22-year-old player made sure his first time at bat in the majors counted, hitting a two-run home run. As only the fifth Chicago player in 25 seasons to hit a homer in their MLB debut, Happ joins the ranks of Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Jorge Soler, and Starlin Castro.

Joe Maddon, the manager of the team, praised Happ as a “calm and a confident young man,” saying that nobody on the Cubs staff was surprised to see Happ perform so well. After the game, Ian Happ took to Twitter to thank everyone for the “overwhelming” support.

Arrieta No-Hitter Further Establishes Cubs as Team to Beat in 2016

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Chicago Cubs

After serving in the United States Army for over a decade, Michael Erin now works as a successful business development professional. In his free time, Michael Erin enjoys traveling, playing golf, reading, and watching his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs fans across the country are celebrating after the team’s ace pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter in a 16-0 road win against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21st. The no-hitter was the second of Arrieta’s career, and it puts him next to Nolan Ryan, Ken Holtzman, and Larry Corcoran as the only Cubs pitchers in history with multiple career no-nos.

In addition to placing Arrieta in an elite group of former Cubs pitchers, the blowout no-hitter gives the Cubs the second biggest no-hitter victory in Major League Baseball history. It also further establishes the Cubs as the team to beat in a 2016 season that many believe will end with them bringing the first World Series Championship win to Chicago in 108 years.