The Cubs signed right-hander Jordan Holloway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLBTR has learned.
Holloway was limited to just 2 2/3 major league innings with the Marlins last season — and he also logged only 23 2/3 innings in the minors — because of a fractured bone spur in his pitching elbow that was ultimately repaired by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in September. The 26-year-old has flashed a powerful arsenal when healthy, and the expectation is that he will be 100 percent when he arrives at Cubs camp in Arizona next month.
With experience as both a starter and reliever, Holloway could get tapped for a swingman-type role on the North Side of Chicago at some point along the way in 2023. A number of Cubs pitchers were used in that capacity, to a surprising level of success, down the stretch in 2022. It all aided in a post-All-Star break record of 39-31, guided by the third-best rotation ERA (2.89) in the majors over that span. Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer was given the go-ahead to make several aggressive moves on the offensive side this winter, but there would seem to be openings in long relief and for emergency starting help.
Holloway, a 20th-round pick by Miami in the 2014 MLB Draft, currently carries a career 3.92 ERA with 38 strikeouts (and 28 walks) through 39 total big league frames.