Chicago Cubs reach deals with RHP Jeffress, OF Souza

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs are taking two more low-risk fliers on a pair of players hoping to rebound from injuries, reaching one-year deals with reliever Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. Jeffress’ contract is worth $850,000, and the 32-year-old right-hander can earn an additional $200,000 in incentives. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. Souza finalized a $1 million contract that includes the possibility of $2 million in incentives based on plate appearances and days on the active roster.