MLB Rumors: Kendall Graveman ‘close to Signing' With Cubs

Kendall Graveman has had quite the year.

The 28-year-old served as the A's Opening Day starter, underwent Tommy John surgery in July and was non-tendered by Oakland after the season.

Now, Graveman is reportedly headed to the Cubs. According to ESPN and Fancred, the free agent starting pitcher is close to signing a deal with Chicago.

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According to The Chicago Tribune and Fancred, Graveman will get $575,000 in 2019 with an escalator that could take his salary to $2 million. The contract includes a $3 million club option for 2020.

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Graveman is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2019 season as he recovers from elbow surgery.

The A's acquired Graveman from Toronto after the 2014 season as part of the package for third baseman Josh Donaldson, and he was a solid contributor in the rotation from 2015 through 2017. During that three-year span, he made 71 starts and posted a 4.11 ERA.

But in seven starts in 2018, Graveman compiled an ugly 7.60 ERA. The A's sent him to Triple-A Nashville where he made four starts in May, but the results weren't much better.

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