He is one of nine pitchers invited to Cubs camp as non-roster players. The others are right-handers Marco Carrillo, Jay Jackson, Rodrigo Lopez, Trey McNutt, Blake Parker and Dae-Eun Rhee and left-handers Trever Miller and Chris Rusin.
The Cubs also invited three catchers -- Michael Brenly, Jason Jaramillo and Blake Lalli; five infielders -- Alfredo Amezaga, Edgar Gonzalez, Jonathan Mota, Bobby Scales and Matt Tolbert; and four outfielders -- Jackson, Jim Adduci, Jae-Hoon Ha and Joe Mather.
Of those 21 players, nine have played in the Majors. At the top of the service time list is Miller, the 38-year-old left-hander who owns a 4.18 ERA in 694 appearances over parts of 13 seasons with eight organizations. The southpaw pitched for St. Louis, Toronto and Boston last season, combining to go 0-1 with one save and a 3.80 ERA in 48 relief appearances.
Miller would earn $800,000 in the Majors with $350,000 more available in performance bonuses. He would get $50,000 each for 50 and 55 appearances, $75,000 each for 60 and 65 appearances and another $100,000 if he reaches 70 appearances. He's topped 70 games four times in his career; in 2003 for Toronto, '06 and '07 for Houston and in '09 with St. Louis.
If Miller is not added to the 40-man roster on March 28, he can request his release.
The most veteran position player in the group is Amezaga, 34, a career .247 hitter in parts of nine seasons with the Angels (2002-04), Rockies ('05, '11), Pirates ('05) and Marlins ('06-'09, '11) covering 584 games. The versatile switch-hitter has appeared in a Major League game at every position but pitcher and catcher, with his most appearances at shortstop -- 117 games.
Amezaga would earn a $750,000 base salary in Majors plus $50,000 each for 80 games, 110 games, 250 plate appearances, 300 plate appearances and 350 plate appearances. He can request his release on June 1 if he's not in the Majors.
Cubs Spring Training officially begins on Feb. 18 when pitchers and catchers are invited to report to Mesa, Ariz. Their first workout will take place the following day, and the Cubs first full-squad workout is set for Feb. 24.