But that relative lack of overall movement doesn’t apply strictly to his Cubs, who finalized their two-year, $21 million agreement with free agent reliever Brandon Morrow on Tuesday and signed injured left-hander Drew Smyly to a two-year contract.
The announcement of Smyly’s signing occurred shortly after a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic citing sources close to Mike Montgomery saying the left-hander would like to start for the Cubs or join a team where he can be a starter.
With the Yankees becoming a prohibitive favorite in the American League East, competitors such as the Rays and Orioles may be in more of a selling mode with attractive relievers who could be added to an already-deep bullpen market.
Hoyer admitted that adding a veteran to fill the role of free-agent outfielder Jon Jay is difficult, given the roster isn’t as young as it was three years ago and that at-bats may be tough to find with set position players.
Schwarber says he isn’t sure how much weight he has lost but looked fit Tuesday as he shook hands with reporters before talking to President Theo Epstein and Hoyer for 30 minutes.
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