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Cubs sign Jim Henderson to minor-league deal

The reliever’s deal includes two opt-out dates, one at the end of spring training and the other in early June.

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The Cubs have agreed to a minor-league deal with reliever Jim Henderson, a major-league source tells SB Nation. The deal includes two opt-out dates if Henderson is not on the major-league roster, coming on March 29 and June 1.

Henderson, 34, is the latest addition to the Cubs’ bullpen this winter, joining closer Wade Davis and late-inning options Koji Uehara and Brian Duensing. He will compete for a major-league spot during spring training, though may have a hard time finding a spot with righties Davis, Uehara, Hector Rondon, Carl Edwards Jr., Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm entrenched in prominent rolls.

Henderson notched 35 innings over 44 appearances for the Mets last season, posting a 4.11 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in that span. The Canadian formerly spent three seasons in the Brewers’ pen, notching a 3.44 ERA in 111 appearances for the Crew.