Machi signed a Triple-A deal with San Francisco on Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Machi was released by the Cubs Thursday and was subsequently arrested that night for public intoxication. The Giants seem comfortable that the occurrence was not representative of any character issues, however, and signed him to a contract with Triple-A Sacramento. The 34-year-old will likely head there in the coming days and resume relief pitching.
Machi was released by the Cubs' organization on Thursday, the Des Moines Register reports. Machi was arrested Thursday night for public intoxication after the release. He had been pitching for Triple-A Iowa, but may find it difficult to find another job in the wake of the arrest.
Machi was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Machi has had some success at the big-league level, but there were too many mouths to feed in the Cubs' bullpen. He'll likely spend the year on the Iowa-to-Chicago shuttle.
Machi pitched a scoreless inning in a split-squad loss to Kansas City on Monday. Machi has had an up-and-down career as a reliever. He is probably not going to make the Cubs out of camp, but if he pitches well enough he could see himself in Chicago at times this year.
Machi agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs that includes an invitation to spring training Sunday, CBS Sports reports. Machi split time with the Giants and Red Sox last season, and briefly served as Boston's closer, but struggled for much of the year en route to posting a combined 5.12 ERA. His track record the previous two seasons should help give him an extended look in spring training, but it looks as though a major league roster spot is not guaranteed for the 33-year-old.
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