According to a report from The Herald News, the Cubs signed RHP Brandon Gomes to a minor league contract. Gomes received a non-roster invite to Spring Training.
Brandon Gomes, 31, has spent all five years of his big league career with the Tampa Bay Rays. Gomes appeared in 63 games for the Rays last season and posted a 2-6 record with a save, a 4.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Gomes allowed 28 runs, all earned, on 55 hits with 15 walks and 44 strikeouts.
Gomes pitched in a career-high 63 games last season, his first in Tampa without Joe Maddon.
Over his five years in the majors, Gomes is 11-12 in 173 games, all in relief, with a 4.20 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Gomes has given up 84 runs, 78 earned, on 151 hits with 61 walks and 144 strikeouts in 167 innings.
Gomes told The Herald News the Cubs expressed interest in signing him as soon as he became a free agent. Having the opportunity to pitch for Maddon again “played a large part” in his decision to sign with the Cubs.
Brandon Gomes is the second veteran reliever to sign a minor league contract with the Cubs. RHP Jean Machi inked a minor deal with the Cubs that also included a NRI to Spring Training.
The Cubs have also added swingman RHP Stephen Fife on a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to Spring Training in the last week.
The Cubs have not announced or posted signing Brandon Gomes, Stephen Fife and Jean Machi to minor league contracts.