According to a report from Mark Gonzales, the Cubs signed LHP Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract. Schlereth will report to the Cubs facility in Mesa for extended Spring Training.
The Diamondbacks selected Daniel Schlereth in the first round of the 2008 draft and was used as part of the three-team trade with the Yankees and Tigers in December 2009 that landed RHP Ian Kennedy and RHP Edwin Jackson in Arizona.
The D-Backs sent Schlereth and RHP Max Scherzer to the Tigers. Detroit traded Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and Edwin Jackson to Arizona in the deal. The Tigers acquired LHP Phil Coke and OF Austin Jackson from New York in the trade and the Yankees sent RHP Ian Kennedy to Arizona in the deal.
The 28-year old southpaw (May 9) last pitched in the majors in 2012. Schlereth appeared in six games out of the Tigers pen and allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on 14 hits with five walks and six strikeouts (10.29 ERA, 2.71 WHIP, 9.10 FIP). Schlereth’s best season came in 2011 when he posted a 2-2 record in 49 relief appearances with a 3.49 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 5.03 FIP (36 hits, 31 walks and 44 strikeouts in 49 innings).
Daniel Schlereth spent last season in the Tigers and Pirates’ systems. In 38 games, all at the Triple-A level, Schlereth was 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.82 WHIP. Schlereth allowed 32 runs, 24 earned, on 37 hits with 29 walks and 34 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings.
Schlereth resigned with the Tigers in the off-season and was released on April 4.
The Cubs have not announced the signing and Mark Gonzales did not indicate where Schlereth would begin his season when he’s ready to pitch.