As reported by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, the Cubs have signed 28-year-old former Ranger and left-handed relief pitcher Dario Alvarez. He heads to spring training on a one-year contract from Chicago.

Alvarez spent time over the last four seasons with the Mets, Braves and Rangers. In 2017, in 20 appearances for the Rangers, he struck out 17, but walked 14 in 16 1/3 innings.

He had better luck at Triple-A Round Rock where he posted a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances walking 10 while striking out 36. The Cubs are hoping he rebounds to his 2016 numbers where he had a good walk rate, just seven walks in 27 2/3 innings (2.4 per nine).

Alvarez appeared against the Cubs on July 7, 2016 at Wrigley as a Brave, striking out Matt Szczur, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist, then allowed a pair of singles and left the game.

Alvarez does have one option left, so he could be sent to Iowa to begin the season.

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