Chicago Cubs News: Logical free agent targets, Lester’s year in review

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We take a look at some of the targets the Chicago Cubs could look to add this winter. And also, it was one of Jon Lester’s worst years statistically. Can the lefty get back on track?

As the Chicago Cubs look over free agent targets this winter, there are two categories. Players that make sense for the team, and the ones the fans want to see. Clearly, these aren’t the same. So while the Cubs might want to make a splash again in free agency, some players are budget friendly compared to others. The question is how many will the Cubs add to the roster for next year?

One player on the fringe for the Cubs is that of a man who’s been here already. Andrew Cashner was a 2008 first-round pick, and the Cubs used him to get Anthony Rizzo from the San Diego Padres. That was a win for the Cubs, although Cashner’s career hasn’t been a wash. After a season that saw him post his lowest ERA (3.40) in five years, there is some interest from the Cubs. The catch? They aren’t looking for his as a starter. If Cashner would be willing to make a move to the bullpen, it’s a move that might not be as crazy as you think.

While the role of “ace” seems to shift around for the Cubs, Jon Lester is always right there for the title. It may be moving in the direction of Kyle Hendricks, but that’s something Lester would find as an honor, not an insult. While having one of his toughest years, Lester was able to battle through and finish 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA–his worst since 2012. He’ll look to turn it around as the Cubs will add several new faces to the rotation for next season.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘These free agent targets make sense for the Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Free agent Cashner on Cubs radar’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Lester’s 2017 year in review’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Free agency buzz begins today at 5 pm ET’ –

‘Jimenez could spend 2018 in minors’ – Southside Showdown

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