According to multiple reports from Dave Kaplan, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a contract with Bobby Howry. Howry was released by the Diamondbacks last week and cleared waivers Wednesday.
During the Cubs 10th Inning Show Wednesday night, Kaplan said he confirmed the agreement with two sources close to Bobby Howry. Kaplan stated, “It is a done deal” and is expected to be made official by Friday.
The Tribune reported the Cubs are interested in Howry … but the Cubs denied the two sides have reached an agreement. During the Cubs’ 10th Inning Show, Dave Kaplan reported Jim Hendry and Bobby Howry discussed Howry’s return to the Cubs. Howry assured Hendry he has something left and according to Kaplan he told Hendry he would not embarrass himself.
The deal would be for the league minimum and Howry is expected to join the team in Texas.
Lou Piniella on the rumored deal …
“If it happens, it would give us some experience in our bullpen from the right side. I’m not saying anything’s going to happen. I’m saying when we had him before he was a rock in the clubhouse. He was great with the younger pitchers.”
For the Cubs to sign Howry and add him to the active roster, they will have to make two moves. The Cubs will have to clear a spot on the 40-man, or Major League, roster. Right now all 40 spots are taken. The Cubs will also have to option down one of the arms in the pen.
Bruce Levine reported the Cubs interest in Howry late Wednesday night.
Will Update when deal is made official, but it appears Bobby Howry is a Chicago Cub once again.
Stay Tuned …