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Cubs interested in veteran right-handed reliever Ryne Stanek: reports

The North Side is reportedly interested in adding Ryne Stanek to their bullpen

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The Cubs are reportedly interested in veteran right-handed reliever, Ryne Stanek, according to a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Stanek, 32, has played in MLB for seven seasons. Originally drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft, Stanek was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays. He debuted in 2017 and played for the Rays for 2.5 seasons.

He played in Miami for two seasons before joining the Houston Astros over the last three seasons. There, he won a World Series with them in 2022.

Over the course of his career, Stanek holds a 3.45 ERA over 338 career games and 347 innings. He's struck out 406 batters and walked 175 of them. Last season, he finished with a 4.09 ERA from 50.2 innings pitched.

The Cubs have been quiet this offseason, striking once by signing Shota Imanaga to their starting rotation. They also stunned the MLB-sphere by bringing on manager Craig Counsell.

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