Cubs agree to 2-year minor league contract with lefty Brad Wick, report Robert Murray of FanSided. The two-year contract term is due to the fact that the southpaw is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2023 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Wieck is represented by his CAA.
The 31-year-old Veek has spent the last four seasons with the Cubs, pitching well when healthy but spending most of his time on the disabled list. The Cubs removed him from their 40-man roster by going through full waivers after the season, giving Veek the right to become a free agent as a player with three or more years of major league service time. .
In addition to the strained elbow that led to Tommy John surgery this summer, Veek missed nearly the entire 2020 season, which was cut short by a torn hamstring. I had ablation surgery, one in early 2020 and the second in July 2021. Coming in 2022.
Although he has struggled to stay on the field, Beak remains a promising potential bullpen option, and the Cubs clearly aren’t keen on letting him go. He pitched just 28 innings with the team. However, he posted a pristine 1.93 ERA while fanning a mammoth of 42.1% of his opponents. His 13.2% walk percentage for the week at the time speaks for some command issues, but his immense strikeout prowess is clearly intriguing.
Considering Week’s surgery took place in late July, his inclusion in Chicago’s bullpen mix for 2023 is a good prospect. He will remain with the team in 2024, at which point he will likely be invited to major league spring training. However, if he is added to the roster in 2024, the arbitration will give him control for an additional three seasons.