Machi spent the first three and a half seasons of his Major League career with the Giants and he helped San Francisco win The Series in 2014 when he was 7-1 in 71 appearances with a 2.58 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
Machi, 33, is 6-foot, 255 pounds and signed as an amateur free agent with the Phillies in 2000.
Jean Machi was very effective in back-to-back seasons pitching out of Bruce Bochy’s bullpen. Machi was 3-1 in 51 games with a 2.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 2013 prior to making a career-high 71 appearances in 2014 while putting up very good numbers.
Last year was a struggle for Machi. After starting the year with the Giants and posting a 1-0 record in 33 games with a 5.14 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, Machi was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on July 28. Machi appeared in 26 games for Boston and was 1-0 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
In 59 games with the Giants and Sox last season, Machi was 2-0 with a 5.12 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Machi gave up 35 runs, 33 earned, on 59 hits with 22 walks and 42 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Machi is pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League and is 2-0 in six appearances with a 2.70 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Machi has given up two runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jean Machi joins RHP Stephen Fife as pitchers the Cubs have signed recently to minor league contracts. The Cubs have not announced or posted signing either Machi or Fife.