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Cubs add to bullpen depth, sign former Blue Jays pitcher Tepera

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Tepera throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Tepera throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Cubs continue to add potential pieces for their 2020 bullpen.

Right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera agreed to a one-year contract Friday, reportedly for $900,000 if he sticks on the major league roster.

Last season, the 32-year-old Tepera pitched in 23 games for the Blue Jays and was 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA. The right-hander was sidelined with an elbow impingement from mid-May through the end of August.

In five seasons with Toronto, Tepera was 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA, 39 holds, 10 saves and 203 strikeouts in 2151/3 innings.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder’s best season with the Jays was in 2017, when he was 7-1 with a 3.59 ERA, 18 holds, two saves and 81 strikeouts in 772/3 innings.

Tepera joins a growing list of new faces that will compete for bullpen jobs with the Cubs when spring training opens in February.

Former closer Brandon Morrow rejoined the Cubs on a minor league contract last week, Trevor Megill was acquired from the Padres in the Rule 5 Draft, Jharel Cotton came over in a trade with the A’s, and Dan Winkler, Brock Stewart and CD Pelham were waiver claims.

Adding Tepera increases the Cubs’ 40-man roster to 39.

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