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Cubs sign Manny Parra to minor-league deal

The southpaw will compete for a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

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The Cubs have added left-hander Manny Parra on a minor-league deal, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Parra will receive an invitation to major-league spring training.

Parra, 33, posted a 3.90 ERA in 40 appearances with Cincinnati last offseason and did not receive much public interest on the free-agent market. The southpaw joins Aaron Crow as recent bullpen additions to Cubs' camp, and will compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster alongside fellow lefties Clayton Richard, Travis Wood and Rex Brothers.

Parra is a veteran of 8 major-league seasons, and has spent his entire career in the NL Central with the Brewers (2007-12) and Reds (2013-15). He is the owner of a lifetime 29-41 record and 4.90 ERA in that span, but has worked exclusively as a reliever since the 2012 season.

With Parra off the board, teams looking for left-handed relief help will have to turn to options like Matt Thornton, Franklin Morales, Neal Cotts, Joe Beimel and Sean Marshall.