Cubs sign LHP Tim Collins … LHP Brian Duensing Designated for Assignment
The Cubs made a pair of roster moves prior to Sunday’s Cactus League finale against the Padres.
The Cubs signed lefty reliever Tim Collins and designated left-hander Brian Duensing for assignment. The Cubs are hoping Duensing clears waivers and decides to take the assignment to Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs and left-handed pitcher Tim Collins have agreed to terms on a 2019 contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Collins has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To make room for Collins on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing has been designated for assignment.
Collins, 29, is 12-17 with 48 holds and a 3.62 ERA (94 earned runs in 233 2/3 innings) in 266 Major League relief appearances with Kansas City (2011-14) and Washington (2018). He has limited foes to a .230 batting average, including a .224 mark versus left-handed hitters and a .235 mark versus righties. Collins has struck out 241 batters in 233 2/3 innings pitched.
The southpaw returned to the big leagues last year with Washington after not pitching in the majors since 2014 due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries in 2015 and 2016. In his return with the Nationals last year, Collins posted no record with four holds and a 4.37 ERA (11 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings) in 38 relief outings. He also made 30 relief appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, going 2-4 with a 3.94 ERA (14 earned runs in 32 innings).
Collins was recently released by the Twins.
A native of Worcester, Mass., Collins originally signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent on July 27, 2007.
Brian Duensing, 36, has gone 4-1 with one save and a 4.59 ERA (51 earned runs in 100 innings) in 116 relief outings with the Cubs covering the last two seasons. He also pitched with Minnesota (2009-15) and Baltimore (2016) prior to joining the Cubs.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.