Chad Kuhl, Rockies agree to one-year deal, $3 million deal

While the Rockies’ search for a power hitter goes on — they are pursuing Kris Bryant — they continue making minor additions to their roster. On Monday, they added veteran right-hander Chad Kuhl.

A source confirmed the move, which still needs to be finalized. The deal was first reported by It’s a one-year, major-league contract for $3 million guaranteed.

The 29-year-old was a starter for most of his five seasons with the Pirates, although he spent time in the bullpen down the stretch last year after dealing with COVID-19.

Kuhl, who’s spent his entire career with Pittsburgh, could provide depth to the rotation, which lost right-hander Jon Gray to free agency.

Kuhl went 5-7 with a personal-worst 4.82 ERA in 28 appearances (14 starts) in 2021, with 75 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings. The Pirates non-tendered him in November.

In five big-league seasons, Kuhl is 25-30 with a 4.44 ERA in 100 games (84 starts) and 395 strikeouts in 439 2/3 innings. He’s been prone to giving up home runs, averaging 1.2 per nine innings.

He had a difficult 2018 season when he was hit hard, posting a 4.55 ERA in 85 innings before an elbow injury led to Tommy John surgery. He missed all of the 2019 season.

The right-hander was selected in the ninth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Delaware.

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