Deepening an already hot competition in spring training, the Chicago Cubs have added left-handed reliever Manny Parra on a minor-league contract. Parra, who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds last season, appeared in 40 games and turned in an ERA of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.175.

The deal was announced by Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune via Twitter.

A one-time starter, Parra moved to the Reds’ bullpen, where his numbers against left-handed batters are pretty impressive. He has less luck with righties, and is more of a situational pitcher. In his career, Parra has limited left-handed batters to a .254/.330/.391 line, while right-handed batters have clipped him at a .290/.370/.440 tune. Parra has the potential to be a serviceable long-relief man.

He’ll be added to the mix of left-handers already competing for a spot in the bullpen, including Travis Wood, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers and non-roster pitchers Jack Leathersich and Edgar Olmos.

It won’t be easy to break into that group, but Parra adds more depth and could be kept at the ready at the Triple-A level in case he’s needed.

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