Cubs sign lefty Ryan, bolster bullpen depth

November 28th, 2018
Iowa Cubs pitcher Kyle Ryan (34) starts the game between the Iowa Cubs and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 1, 2018. Photo by: Bobby Stevens / MiLB.comBobby Stevens

One of the items on the Cubs' to-do list this offseason was to add more left-handed depth to their bullpen. The club took a step in that direction on Wednesday by retaining one of its free agents.
Chicago announced that it reached an agreement on a Major League contract with left-hander , who was a Minor League free agent this offseason after spending last year in the Cubs' system. With Ryan added to the fold, the team's 40-man roster is now at capacity.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Cubs acquired infielder from the Yankees in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
Ryan, 27, spent parts of four Major League seasons with the Tigers from 2014-17, but he stayed at Triple-A Iowa in '18. In 22 Minor League games, which included eight starts, Ryan turned in a 2.86 ERA with 61 strikeouts against 18 walks. He held lefties to a .237 average (.596 OPS) and was tough on righties (.193 average and .620 OPS) in his stint with Iowa.
In his MLB career, Ryan has posted a 3.87 ERA across 86 appearances, including seven starts. Over 128 innings in the big leagues, the left-hander has 70 strikeouts against 44 walks.