Cubs Re-Sign Jaye Chapman and Zach Putnam to Minor League Contracts

According to the transactions page on and Baseball America, the Cubs re-signed right-handed relievers Jaye Chapman and Zach Putnam to minor league contracts.

Jaye Chapman received a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

The Cubs acquired Jaye Chapman, along with Arodys Vizcaino, in the deal that sent Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm to the Braves last July. Chapman pitched rather well in 14 appearances for the Cubs after being called up in early September. Chapman posted a 0-1 record with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP (10 walks, 12 strikeouts) in 12 innings. The 25-year old right hander was non-tendered before the deadline and granted free agency on November 30.

Jaye Chapman re-signed with the Cubs on December 25 and should compete for a spot in the Cubs’ pen during Spring Training.

Jaye Chapman’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Zach Putnam was claimed off waivers from the Rockies on November 2 and was non-tendered prior to the deadline to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Putnam has pitched in only 10 big league games over two seasons for the Rockies and Indians and is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The 25-year old right hander was 3-4 in 49 relief appearances, all in relief, for Triple-A Colorado Springs last year with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

Zach Putnam should join the long list of relievers in camp on non-roster invitations.

Zach Putnam’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • daverj

    I hope the Cubs are in on Upton. Due to his down year last season, this may be a chance to acquire a young cornerstone player and lock him up in a long term deal. It would be nice to add another bat to add to Castro and Rizzo. I wonder what the DBacks are looking for. Maybe Baez plus a couple other prospects? The DBacks could use a top of line 3B prospect and Baez could be moved there.

    • Wes Renne

      Baez doesn’t have that kind of value yet, it would take alot more.

  • Shawon O’Meter

    The Chapman move is a small one that I am happy about. I thought he looked good last year and can be a legit 40 man roster guy providing some depth, even on a quality team. I’ll be pulling for him to get a shot at some point this year and hopefully contribute in whatever role he fits coming out of the pen.

  • mutantbeast

    10 walks in 12 innings, a 1.5 WHIP and Chapman “pitched well”? Those are Casey Coleman numbers. He stunk, and unless he can show substantial improvement, needs to be gone.