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The Cubs continued their concerted effort to add bullpen depth, signing Junichi Tazawa to a minor-league deal.

The 32 year-old came from Japan to the Red Sox in 2009 and was highly effective early in his career. He hasn’t had a sub 4.00 ERA since 2014 and bounced between three teams in 2018. An ERA of 7.07 last season is an indication he likely won’t have a big impact for the Cubs in 2019.

The signings of Tazawa, Brad Brach, and George Kontos make it clear Chicago is taking a volume approach to the bullpen. Expect a couple more signings from the bargain bin. The hope being one of the pieces will become valuable.

With the inherent volatility of relievers, the throwing spaghetti against the wall approach is probably a wise one. At the very least, it gives the fans some Cubs news to read about.