Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs.
Torrealba previously signed a minor-league deal with the Angels this offseason, but the 35-year-old opted out and became a free agent again when it became clear he wasn’t going to make the team in spring training.
He spent last season with the Rockies, but hit just .240 with zero homers and a .580 OPS in 61 games and was similarly ineffective in 2012.
Chicago currently has John Baker and Eli Whiteside splitting time behind the plate because starting catcher Welington Castillo is on the disabled list with a rib cage injury.
The Royals signed free agent reliever Justin Grimm to a one-year, $12.5 million deal, the club announced Sunday. Grimm can earn up to $300,000 in additional incentives, the specifics of which have yet to be disclosed.
The 29-year-old right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday. Prior to his release, he was slated to make $2.2 million after losing his arbitration case against the team. Grimm polished off a five-year campaign with the Cubs in 2017 and produced an unimpressive 5.53 ERA, 4.4 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 55 1/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was designated for assignment. He pitched in five games for the Royals this spring, racking up 13 hits, eight runs and seven strikeouts in seven innings.