Cubs sign former Pirates pitcher Steven Brault

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The Cubs have signed former Pirates pitcher and free agent Steven Brault to a major-league deal, NBC Sports Chicago confirmed.

Brault has one minor-league option remaining and is arbitration eligible through 2023.

Brault, 30 in April, is depth for a pitching staff that desperately needs it. He's spent his entire six-year career with the Pirates and holds a career 4.77 ERA.

He has experience starting and coming out of the bullpen. Fifty-two of his 107 career appearances are starts.

The left-hander missed a chunk of last season after sustaining a lat injury in spring training. He made seven starts and finished with a 5.86 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in November, shortly before MLB's lockout.

He's struggled against the Cubs in his career. Their .910 OPS against Brault (17 games) is his second-worst among all teams.

Cubs president Jed Hoyer said this week adding pitching and pitching depth is the team's biggest focus leading up to Opening Day. Adbert Alzolay will miss a chunk of the season with a lat injury, and reliever Codi Heuer will miss all of 2022 with Tommy John surgery.

The Cubs signed relievers Jesse Chavez and Chris Martin in recent days.

Robert Murray was first to report the Cubs were nearing a deal with Brault.

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