After a strong campaign with the Cubs in 2022, right-handed reliever Mark Leiter Jr. has agreed to a minor-league deal with the North Siders, according to a report from Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.
Leiter Jr., who will be 32 by Opening Day, put up a solid season in 2022 after not seeing any big league action for three seasons.
Initially debuting with the Phillies in 2017, Leiter Jr. pitched to a 3-6 record and 4.96 ERA across 27 games and 11 starts. He struck out 84 batters in 90.2 innings, but also allowed 18 home runs in the same timespan.
After limited major league action in Philadelphia the following season, Leiter Jr. was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the Phillies, though the right-hander would struggle immensely in his brief stint north of the border.