The Chicago Cubs have signed righty Felipe Paulino to a minor league deal. The 31-year old signed with the Chicago White Sox last season with a club option for the 2015 season. Unfortunately for Paulino he only pitched 18 1/3 innings before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. The Red Sox signed him during the offseason, but cut him after Spring Training.
Paulino struggled last year too, posting an 11.29 ERA, allowing 35 hits, six homers, and a 14 to 12 strikeout to walk ratio. Those numbers will probably make Cubs fans wonder what their front office is thinking.
Paulino doesn’t have a great track record either, never posting an ERA under 4.11 for an entire season. He does throw a fastball that will top out at 98 mph, but he has been unable to control his pitches since being called up the majors in 2007. He has also struggled with injures for the better part of his career.
It will be interesting to see what the Cubs have planed for the hard throwing righty.