Cubs add to bullpen, agree to deal with Brad Boxberger

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CHICAGO — The Cubs added bullpen help, agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with veteran right-hander Brad Boxberger.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2024.

The 34-year-old Boxberger was 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA and one save over 70 appearances and 64 innings with Milwaukee last season. An All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2015 when he led the American League with 41 saves, he is 31-37 with a 3.44 ERA in 11 seasons with San Diego, the Rays, Arizona, Kansas City, Miami and the Brewers. Chicago relievers had a 4.12 ERA last season.

The Cubs finished 74-88 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year. They signed former National League MVP Cody Bellinger to a $17.5 million, one-year contract and agreed to a four-year deal with right-hander Jameson Taillon worth roughly $68 million. But they lost one of the final holdovers from the 2016 World Series championship team, with three-time All-Star catcher Willson Contreras signing an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”