According to a report from Darren Wolfson, the Cubs signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract. The Dodgers released Buchter on July 20 after he exercised an opt out in his contract.
The Cubs have not posted signing Buchter to a contract. Buchter should report to Triple-A Iowa once he is ready to pitch. Buchter appeared in 27 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City and picked up three saves. In 32 2/3 innings, Buchter allowed six runs on 27 hits with 16 walks and 39 strikeouts (1.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). And he limited lefties to a .205/.271/.250 slash line with 18 strikeouts and three walks.
The 28-year old lefty has appeared in one big league game. Ryan Buchter picked up the win for the Braves on June 20, 2014. Buchter completed one inning, threw 12 pitches and picked up his first strikeout. Buchter signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in December that included a non-roster invite to big league camp.
Over 10 seasons in the minors, Buchter appeared in 354 games, made two starts, and has a 32-18 record that includes 36 saves with a 3.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
The Cubs acquired Ryan Buchter in November 2008 from the Nationals for Matt Avery. Buchter was traded to the Braves on May 26, 2011 for RHP Rodrigo Lopez.
Signing Ryan Buchter is a solid move by the organization to add a left-handed reliever.