Former Tigers pitcher signs for second time with Chicago Cubs

Former Detroit Tigers player Drew Smiley will give the Chicago Cubs another try, hoping for more success a second time around.

The team announced that Smyly signed a one-year deal Saturday with Cubs for $5.25 million. Smyly could earn another $2.5 million in bonuses.

Smyly, 32, signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Cubs in 2017. But after Tommy John’s surgery, Smyly never moved forward with Cubs.

He’s exiting the World Championships with the Atlanta Braves, going 11-4 with an average of 4.48 achieved in 29 games, including 23 starts. He participated in two World Series games for the Braves, allowing three runs in four innings against the Houston Astros.

Smyly was Detroit’s second-round pick in 2010 and made his major league debut in 2012, making 23 appearances for the Tigers, including 18. He participated with the Tigers in the 2012 American League Championship, winning the first game against the New York Yankees in a 12-round match. During the series, he threw in two matches, allowing a 2 1/3 hit with two strikes and one hit.

He also played two games in the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, allowing one hit, one run, three walks in 1 and 3 innings, and two write-offs.

Smyly descended exclusively from the bulls’ arena in 2013, going 6-0 with an average of 2.37 achieved and top two in 63 games. In 76 runs, Smyly allowed 62 hits and 17 walks, and hit 81. He appeared comfortable for the Tigers in the MLS series against Oakland, allowing one hit and two hits in one round. He added two MLS games against Boston, allowing for one run, one walk and no hits in two rounds.

The Tigers traded Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2014 season after going 6-9 with a 3.93 earned average run for Detroit. He was part of a three-team trade with Tampa Bay and Seattle. The Tigers sent Willie Adams and Smiley to Reyes and Austin Jackson to the Mariners, with Detroit getting David Price.

In three seasons with the Tigers, Smyly was 16-12 with a 3.53 ERA in 107 games. In 280 2/3 runs, Smyly allowed 257 strokes and 80 walks, and crossed out 264.

During his career, Smyly was 46-39 with a 4.18 ERA, playing for the Tigers, Rays, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Giants and Braves.

The Cubs also announced that they have concluded a one-year agreement with former Tigers player Daniel Norris.


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