Bass announced that he signed with the Cubs on Thursday, via his personal Twitter account. Bass likely agreed to a minor-league contract with the team, which comes after he was designated for assignment at the tail-end of the season by the Rangers. He only appeared in a pair of big-league games last year -- and played the previous season in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters -- after being a solid contributor for the club's bullpen in 2015. But he spent a majority of his time at Triple-A Round Rock in 2017, posting a 4.18 ERA and 1.42 WHIP while holding an 87:28 K:BB over 75.1 innings. Looking ahead, he will provide organizational depth for the Cubs next year, but may not see much time at the major-league level barring some injuries.
Bass was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. The right-hander cleared waivers after being designated for assignment Thursday and will stick around as organizational pitching depth. Bass had previously made two appearances with the big club this season in long relief, serving up nine runs on 14 hits over 5.2 innings.
Bass was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock. Bass, who has operated on the majors-to-minors shuttle this week, is back with the big league club following the injury to Cole Hamels (oblique). The 29-year-old will likely be seldom used in high-leverage situations, and in his one appearance this season, he gave up six runs over three innings.
Bass coughed up six runs (four earned) and surrendered nine hits in three innings of long relief during Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Twins. It wasn't an auspicious season debut for Bass, who entered the game in the fifth inning after starter Andrew Cashner surrendered a homer to open the frame. Bass did little to clot the bleeding, giving up five hits and throwing a wild pitch before recording the first out of the inning. Don't expect on the Rangers to count on the veteran for high-leverage work out of the bullpen anytime soon.
Bass had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Bass will likely head to the bullpen where he could serve as a long-relief option if needed. The 29-year-old put up impressive numbers at Round Rock before earning the promotion, allowing just two hits over 8.1 scoreless innings while striking out 16 batters.