Winkler will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
Winkler joins 21 other pitchers headed to camp at Wrigley Field, while six less experienced hurlers are headed to South Bend. This bodes well for Winkler's chances of establishing a regular role in the majors this season, though he still has a lot of players to compete with for playing time. The Cubs will likely go heavy on pitching to deal with 60 games in just 66 days, so the 30-year-old righty figures to see at least a little action, but he'll have to perform well to stay involved.
Winkler could earn a bullpen spot with the Cubs when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Gonzales assumes a 29-man roster and nine-man bullpen. The Cubs and other MLB teams are likely to deepen their bullpens if the league eliminates off days and adds more doubleheaders to the schedule to compensate for the time lost due to the coronavirus. Winkler would benefit from an expanded bullpen and likely fill one of the final spots, giving him a low-leverage role to begin the year.
Winkler agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old righty had a 4.98 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 22:11 K:BB in 21.2 innings with the Braves last season, but he had a 2.51 ERA and 3.43 ERA in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The one-year deal will give him a chance to re-establish his market value before returning to the open market. He should work in mid-leverage situations.
Winkler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
Winkler's 4.98 ERA this season wasn't enough to overcome his 3.43 ERA from last year, so he'll remain a member of the Giants' organization. The team acquired him in a deadline-day deal with the Braves, sending Mark Melancon to Atlanta, but it evidently doesn't view him as a key piece.
The Giants designated Winkler for assignment Thursday.
The Giants' decision to remove Winkler from their 40-man roster one day after acquiring him from the Braves supports the notion that San Francisco made the deal for the main purpose of shedding Mark Melancon's burdensome contract. A key piece in the Atlanta bullpen in 2018, Winkler has taken a major step back this season, posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 21.2 innings at the big-league level.
Winkler was traded from the Braves to the Giants on Wednesday along with Tristan Beck in exchange for Mark Melancon, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Winkler has split time between Triple-A Gwinnett and the majors this season, posting a 4.86 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in 16.2 innings with Gwinnett while notching a similarly unimpressive 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 21.2 innings with the Braves. He'll provide bullpen depth for the Giants, who traded away four relievers Wednesday.
Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Winkler owns an unimpressive 4.98 ERA on the season and has a very poor 11.74 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over his last nine appearances. Huascar Ynoa was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Winkler (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the 11th inning Sunday to pick up the win over the Marlins.
Matt Joyce's RBI single in the 12th made Winkler a winner for the second time in his last three appearances. The right-hander has only been scored upon in two of his last 18 outings, but he gave up nine runs in those games -- saddling him with a 5.12 ERA despite otherwise solid numbers.
Winkler (2-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Pirates, striking out one in a perfect sixth inning.
Starter Max Fried only lasted four innings Tuesday but Atlanta's bullpen came to the rescue with five scoreless frames, and Winkler was the pitcher of record when the offense finally completed the comeback en route to an eventual 12-5 win. The right-hander now has a rough 5.60 ERA thanks to a brutal stretch in late May that saw him tagged for nine runs in 1.2 innings, but Winkler's 1.25 WHIP and 19:9 K:BB through 17.2 IP are a better reflection of his performance this year.
Winkler (1-0) struck out one in a perfect seventh inning Friday to pick up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander has been outstanding after getting a late start to the season, posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 11.2 innings. Luke Jackson is pitching well in the closer role for Atlanta, but if he were to falter, Winkler could well be the next man up in the ninth.
Winkler was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler got a late start to spring training due to elbow soreness and struggled during his six appearances, ticketing him to the minors to begin the season. The 29-year-old posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 69:20 K:BB over 60.1 innings and recorded 23 holds for the Braves last season, so he could well carve out a bullpen role this time around.
Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler will open the season in the minors after struggling to an 8.44 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through six Grapefruit League appearances (5.1 innings). The right-hander notched a 3.43 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 60.1 innings last season, so he should be one of the first pitchers called upon when the Braves need a fresh reliever.
Winkler (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in relief in Wednesday's spring game against the Tigers. He did not allow any runners to reach base and recorded one strikeout.
Winkler had not thrown before Wednesday due to soreness in his elbow, but he was finally able to get up on the bump for the first time during the exhibition season. Barring any abnormal soreness following Wednesday's outing, Winkler should be ready well in advance of Opening Day.
Winkler has been slowed by elbow soreness but is expected to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Tigers, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Elbow problems are always worrisome for any pitcher, though this specific issue doesn't appear to be a major one. Winkler doesn't seem to be particularly close to the top of the Braves' closer depth chart, but if A.J. Minter's shoulder injury is worse than expected, he could move up a spot.
Winkler signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Braves on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Winkler had a 3.43 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 60.1 innings during 2018, featuring a solid 10.3 K/9. The 28-year-old is likely to begin 2019 in a middle-relief role, but should also be in the mix for more high-leverage situations as well.
Winkler was left off the Braves' roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Winkler will not be available to pitch this series after posting a 3.43 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 69 strikeouts in 60.1 innings of relief this season. In his place, manager Brian Snitker elected to give roster spots to relievers Max Fried, Jonny Venters and Chad Sobotka.
Winkler gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two Monday against the Pirates en route to his second save of the season.
A.J. Minter was unavailable with back tightness and is considered day-to-day. Winkler has pitched very well in his own right, and could be viewed as a more deserving candidate for saves than Minter, even when the latter is healthy. Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) is still rehabbing, so there may be more save chances for Winkler going forward, particularly while Minter and Vizcaino are injured.
Winkler recorded the final two outs to pick up his first save Friday against the Cardinals.
Luke Jackson let two runners reach base with a four-run lead to begin the ninth inning, gifting a save opportunity to Winkler, who needed just six pitches to clean up the mess. He has been excellent this season, with a 2.48 ERA and an absurd 42:9 K:BB in 32.2 innings, but with Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) returning this weekend, it doesn't look like Winkler will get regular save chances any time soon.
Winkler coughed up four runs on three hits and a walk while recording only one out in the ninth inning Friday to blow his first save of the season in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
With Arodys Vizcaino tending to a sore shoulder, Winkler got the chance to close after the Braves staged a six-run rally in the top of the ninth, but the 28-year-old couldn't get the job done. he still holds a 2.73 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 41:9 K:BB through 29.2 innings on the season, but with A.J. Minter also available to fill in for Vizcaino when he's unavailable, it could be a while before Winkler sees another save opportunity.
Winkler allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Tuesday to pick up his second win of the season.
While he has yet to see his first save chance, the 28-year-old remains the most dominant reliever in the Braves' bullpen, posting a 0.81 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 32:6 K:BB through 22.1 innings on the year. Winkler's two wins and eight holds in 24 appearances are also solid, but despite his scintillating numbers he'll remain little more than a spec pickup in shallower fantasy leagues until he gets his chance at ninth-inning duties.
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