Chicago Cubs Ink Veteran Closer to Surprising Deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed Hector Neris to a one-year, $9 million contract, providing a valuable addition to their bullpen, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

Neris, a 34-year-old right-handed reliever, is coming off a stellar season with the Houston Astros, boasting a 1.71 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings. 

The World Series champion spent the last two seasons with the Astros after playing his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Throughout his career, Neris has maintained a 3.24 ERA in 546 appearances, consistently delivering solid performances since 2016. 

The Cubs' patient approach in the offseason paid off with the signing of Neris, showcasing their strategic front office decisions. 

While the addition of Shota Imanaga and Neris strengthens the roster, the Cubs acknowledge there's more work to be done, particularly on the offensive side. 

The team aims to re-sign elite performer Cody Bellinger, a move that could significantly boost their offensive capabilities for the upcoming season. 

Chicago's acquisition of Neris signals their intent to compete in 2024, and with a few more offensive pieces, they could be on track to achieve that goal. 

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