Leathersich received an invitation to spring training Friday. The left-hander spent 2015 with the Mets organization, even posting a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings with the big club prior to having Tommy John surgery. He'll likely spend time in the minors once he recovers fully from the operation.
Leathersich signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Leathersich was non-tendered in December and is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the Cubs saw enough out of his progress to snap him back up. His return to the mound should come in August if all goes to plan and the southpaw could be a nice piece to help fill out the Cubs' organizational depth.
The Cubs declined to tender Leathersich (elbow) a contract, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Leathersich was not even arbitration-eligible this winter, but the Cubs decided to non-tender him anyway, ending his time in the organization after just two weeks. The lefty was claimed off waivers from the Mets in mid-November. He turned in a 2.31 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 17 appearances for New York before being forced to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Leathersich was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Cubs, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports. Leathersich, a left-hander, did undergo Tommy John surgery in July, so he's unlikely to pitch much this season, but it's clear the Cubs like him considering they added him to their 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft. He's likely still years away from contributing, so dynasty owners shouldn't invest much in him this season.
Mets reliever Jack Leathersich underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, according to ESPN. The left-hander is not on the major-league roster, so he will not accumulate major-league service time while rehabbing over the next year.