Cubs sign reliever Brad Brach

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with reliever Brad Brach, pending a physical. Jeff Passan says it’s a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Brach, a righty who will turn 33 early in the season, split time in 2018 between the Orioles and the Braves last season, appearing in 69 total games with a 3.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 60/28 in 62.2 innings. Overall that was a down year for him, but he was outstanding following his trade to Atlanta at the end of July. His performance there — a 1.52 ERA in 27 games while allowing far fewer hits and walks — was more in keeping with his strong track record over the past several seasons. Indeed, he has pitched more than 60 innings every year with a 145 ERA+ since 2014.

Which makes one year and three million bucks seem like a heck of an underpay.

Jesus Luzardo beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.

Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.

AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.

Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.