Cubs and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing agree to terms on a two-year contract
The Cubs made official on Monday the team re-signed lefty reliever Brian Duensing to a two-year contract. The Cubs did not provide terms of the deal, but according to multiple reports, Duensing received a two-year, $7 million contract last Wednesday. Duensing took his physical on Friday and the deal was made official on Monday.
With the addition of Brian Duensing, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39 players.
Brian Duensing, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with 13 holds, a 2.74 ERA (19 earned runs in 62 1/3 innings) and a 1.21 WHIP in 68 relief appearances with the club last season. He struck out 61 while issuing only 18 walks in 62.1 innings pitched, an average of nearly one strikeout per inning and only 2.6 walks per nine innings. Duensing had the third-lowest ERA by any left-handed reliever in the National League with at least 65 appearances. He also ranked third among league southpaws by stranding 28 of 33 inherited runners, an 84.8 percent success rate.
After starting the season with a brief disabled list stint and allowing six runs in his first five appearances, Duensing pitched to a 2.05 ERA (13 earned runs in 57 innings) in his final 63 outings, limiting foes to a .232 batting average and .299 on-base percentage with a 1.18 WHIP the rest of the way.
Duensing is 43-38 with two saves, 58 holds, a 4.01 ERA (323 earned runs in 725 innings) and a 1.36 WHIP in 436 major league appearances (375 in relief, 61 as a starter) covering nine Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2009-15), Baltimore Orioles (2016) and Cubs (2017). He has pitched exclusively in relief the last five seasons, going 15-7 with a 3.57 ERA (95 earned runs in 239 2/3 innings) in 272 outings in that span.
A native of Marysville, Kansas, Duensing was originally selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2005 Draft out of the University of Nebraska.