Bergman agreed to a minor-league contract Wednesday with the Mariners and will report to Triple-A Tacoma, Tacoma radio broadcaster Mike Curto reports. Bergman failed to win an Opening Day roster spot with the Cubs coming out of spring training and was granted his release in March. After taking some time to assess his options, Bergman will return to the organization where he spent the past two seasons. The right-hander logged three appearances with the big club in 2018 but saw the overwhelming share of his action at Tacoma, where he compiled a 5.08 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 141.2 innings.
Bergman was released by the Cubs on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Bergman was reassigned to minor-league camp last Saturday after allowing five runs on seven hits over 4.2 spring innings. The 30-year-old gave up nine runs -- including four homers -- in three appearances (two starts) with the Mariners last season.
The Cubs reassigned Bergman to their minor-league camp Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Bergman had three appearances (two starts) with the Mariners in 2018, compiling a 5.79 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 14 innings. He didn't fare much better during a more extended stint in the Pacific Coast League (5.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP in 141.2 innings) and will be little more than organizational pitching depth in the high minors for the Cubs this season.
Bergman signed a minor-league contract with Chicago including an invitiation to spring training, Mariners Minors reports. Bergman was let go by the Mariners at the end of the 2018 campaign, so he'll aim for a better outcome with the Cubs. His time in the major leagues has been limited so far in his career, as he's posted a 5.59 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 130 punchouts over 215.2 frames across stops in Colorado and Seattle.
Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. Bergman spent just three days on Seattle's roster, allowing four runs in 2.2 innings Friday against the Dodgers. Matt Festa was called up from Double-A Arkansas in a corresponding move.
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