Blue Jays reliever Julian Merryweather picked up by Cubs off waivers

TORONTO — Right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather is no longer with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 31-year-old reliever was claimed off outright waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday evening.

Righty Junior Fernández cleared waivers was assigned outright to triple-A Buffalo by the Blue Jays.

Merryweather had been designated for assignment by Toronto last week.

He had a 6.75 earned-run average in 26 games for the Blue Jays last season, striking out 23 over 26 2/3 innings.

Merryweather had a 5.64 ERA with an 0-4 record over three seasons with the Blue Jays.

The 25-year-old Fernandez split time between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates last season with a 2.41 ERA over 18 2/3 innings pitched.

He had a career 5.17 ERA over 54 innings in four Major League Baseball seasons.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2023.

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