Chicago Cubs: Potential suitors for vacant rotation spots

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Mike Montgomery

The case for Montgomery to fill the fifth spot in the rotation is clear. Though the Chicago Cubs used him out of the pen, Montgomery’s ability to throw multiple innings was an asset. He started five games during the finally stretch of the season, going 38.1 innings. The 27-year old lefty proved his value last year, and we know that only leads to more opportunities with Maddon at the helm.

Yet, there is another concern when it comes to Montgomery’s role. Can the bullpen produce without him? President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer signed several players to fix a bullpen that let the team down at times. The additions of Wade David and Koji Uehara should provide extra depth and options should Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop falter.

If the pen starts to cause issues, look for Montgomery to move back into relief roles, especially if another starting option is available.