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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