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  • Rangers' Jack Leathersich: Inks deal with Rangers

    Leathersich agreed to a minor-league contract with Texas on Friday.

    Leathersich spent the past season at the Triple-A level within Cleveland's organization, logging a 3.98 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 31.2 innings of work. He will provide additional depth for the Rangers' bullpen in 2019.

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  • Jack Leathersich: Granted release by Indians

    Leathersich was given his unconditional release from Cleveland's organization Thursday.

    Leathersich had appeared in 35 games for Triple-A Columbus this year, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 31.2 innings of relief. He's pitched in a total of 24 big-league contests, including seven split between the Pirates and Cubs last season. Look for him to find a home within the next couple weeks as a depth piece.

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  • Indians' Jack Leathersich: Sent outright to Triple-A

    Leathersich cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus.

    After being designated for assignment Thursday, Leathersich garnered no interest on the waiver wire. With that procedure out of the way, he'll resume his role as an organizational depth piece for Cleveland.

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  • Indians' Jack Leathersich: Cast off 40-man roster

    Leathersich was designated for assignment by the Indians on Thursday.

    Cleveland needed a 40-man roster spot to call up Jeff Beliveau to the big leagues, and Leathersich wound up being the roster casualty. The 27-year-old Leathersich was claimed off waivers from the Pirates just before the start of the season, but he's allowed six runs in five innings pitched for Triple-A Columbus. He'll now be exposed to waivers, though he profiles as little more than an organizational depth piece wherever he may wind up.

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  • Indians' Jack Leathersich: Claimed by Indians, optioned to minors

    Leathersich was claimed off waivers by the Indians on Tuesday.

    Leathersich was immediately optioned to Triple-A Columbus upon being claimed by Cleveland. He spent most of the 2017 season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a respectable 2.84 ERA and 72:28 K:BB across 44.1 innings of relief. The 27-year-old also saw some time in the majors, notching a 3.60 ERA and seven strikeouts across 5.0 innings. He should serve as organizational bullpen depth for the Indians in 2018. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Leathersich, Rob Refsnyder was traded to the Rays for cash considerations.

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  • Pirates' Jack Leathersich: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Pirates optioned Leathersich to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

    Leathersich's demotion leaves Josh Smoker and Kevin Siegrist as the lone left-handed relief candidates in big-league camp beyond closer Felipe Rivero, though southpaw Steven Brault could bolster the bullpen once he's eliminated from contention for a rotation spot. Unlike most lefties, Leathersich has displayed the ability to put away hitters from both sides of the plate, as he held opposing righties to a .130 average in 29.1 innings at Indianapolis last season while racking up 49 strikeouts. If he gets an extended opportunity in the big leagues at some point this season, Leathersich could be someone to keep an eye on in NL-only settings.

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  • Pirates' Jack Leathersich: Recalled from Triple-A

    Leathersich was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.

    Before being acquired by the Pirates on Sept. 4, Leathersich had been a member of the Cubs organization. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa, where he threw 44.1 innings over 41 games. In that time, he posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Leathersich could be a decent source of strikeouts if he gets enough use in the majors, as he fanned 72 batters with Iowa this season.

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  • Pirates' Jack Leathersich: Scooped up by Pittsburgh

    Leathersich was claimed off waivers by the Pirates from the Cubs on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    Leathersich will report to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he'll serve as organizational pitching depth down the stretch. The 27-year-old has compiled an impressive 2.84 ERA and 72:28 K:BB in 44.1 innings with Triple-A Iowa this season, so he could see a cup of coffee with the Pirates in September.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Designated for assignment

    Leathersich was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

    Leathersich was sent off the 40-man roster in order to make room for the recently acquired Leonys Martin, who will join the major-league club Saturday. The left-hander has only appeared in one game for the Cubs this season, and has spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 44.1 innings of relief.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Returned to Iowa

    Leathersich was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The left-hander appeared just once for the Cubs, giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Leathersich has just 12.1 major-league innings to his name but carries a decent 3.65 ERA. Whenever he returns to the bigs, however, he'll occupy a low-leverage role.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Called up by Cubs

    Leathersich was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

    Leathersich was added to the Chicago 40-man roster back in November, but it took the Cubs until July to award him his first potential major-league opportunity. He'll give manager Joe Maddon another left-handed option in the bullpen, but isn't bad against righties either, limiting them to a .172 batting average at the Triple-A level this season.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Added to 40-man roster

    Leathersich was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster on Friday.

    Leathersich made a solid return from Tommy John surgery in the second half of 2016, striking out 34 in 23.1 innings and allowing five earned runs. Adding him to the 40-man roster protects him from the Rule 5 draft and is another sign that he's good to go headed into 2017.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Pitching well during elbow rehab

    Leathersich (elbow) made four appearances in the low minors in late June, giving up just one hit over four scoreless innings.

    Even better, the 25-year-old lefty has struck out six and walked none. Granted, he's facing inexperienced hitters, but at least his rehab is going well. He had Tommy John surgery last July, but it looks like he'll be able to contribute for Triple-A Iowa soon, with the possibility of seeing time with the Cubs as well this summer.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Assigned to minor league camp

    Leathersich (elbow) was assigned to minor league camp on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports.

    He will likely miss all or most of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of July 2015, and should therefore be a non-factor in fantasy this year.

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  • Cubs' Jack Leathersich: Receives invitation to spring training

    Leathersich (shoulder) 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.

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  • Jack Leathersich: Signs minor league contract

    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.

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  • Jack Leathersich: Non-tendered by Cubs

    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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Beverly, MA
Age: 33
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, L