The Chicago Cubs have added another player with Boston Red Sox ties.
The Cubs announced Wednesday that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Drake Britton off waivers from the Red Sox. Britton was designated for assignment last week when the Red Sox signed right-hander Alexi Ogando to a one-year contract.
Britton becomes the latest former Red Sox to join Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod in the Windy City. Jon Lester, David Ross, Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard have joined the Cubs in recent months.
Britton spent most of last season with Triple-A Pawtucket. The 25-year-old posted a 5.86 ERA in 45 relief appearances spanning 58 1/3 innings. He struck out 5.7 batters per nine innings, which was well below his minor league average.
It isn’t surprising that someone took a flier on Britton, though, as the southpaw showed promise down the stretch with Boston in 2013. Britton owns a 2.93 ERA in 25 career major league appearances spanning 27 2/3 innings.
The Cubs designated right-hander Gonzalez Germen for assignment to make room for Britton on their 40-man roster.
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