Chicago Cubs News: Wilson’s bounce back, Chatwood an option?

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After career years from several players in 2016, the Chicago Cubs are looking for a few of them to rebound in ’18.

When the Chicago Cubs acquired Justin Wilson from the Detroit Tigers, it was a two-fold solution. First, he would help to solidify a bullpen that had had some issues but was still strong overall. And then he could be a potential candidate to replace Wade Davis is he walked after the season. Things didn’t go as they had hoped, and Wilson became an afterthought in the Cubs pen. But last year was an outlier in his career, and the Cubs believe he can return to the pitcher he was before.

While many are talking about Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are examining other possibilities for the rotation. One that they could look at is Tyler Chatwood of the Colorado Rockies. He’s suffered some injuries along the way, but he a pitcher that gets contact outs. And with most of his career played in Colorado, it wouldn’t be surprising for those numbers to improve. The Cubs could go after Chatwood in the offseason, and the price wouldn’t be exorbitant, especially in comparison to Darvish or Arrieta.

The perception of Kyle Schwarber may be the biggest challenge for him to overcome. After coming back in 2016 following the knee injury to help lead the Cubs to a World Series? You can’t write this. But after a terrible start to the 2017 season, mostly as the leadoff man, the Cubs needed to make a change. Schwarber was sent to the minors, and upon coming back to Chicago, it appeared to work. So what do we expect from him next year? Adam McGinnis says big things.

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‘Wilson could be a difference-maker in 2018’ – Cubbies Crib

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‘Schwarber closer to a breakout than you think’ –  Cubbies Crib

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