Chicago Cubs News: The Lynn fallback in case Darvish doesn’t work out

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The Chicago Cubs met with Yu Darvish on Monday, a plan the team didn’t have in place to start the offseason. The Cubs and he are still in talks, but what about Lance Lynn as a target if Darvish doesn’t work out?

The Chicago Cubs have moved towards the possibility of signing Yu Darvish, something that wasn’t in the cards at the start of the winter. After missing out on Shohei Ohtani, they may have changed their plan. The Cubs met with Darvish and his agent on Saturday, and talks were they would again meet on Tuesday. Rumor is that Darvish will decide by Christmas. Could he be the Cubs gift this year?

So the Cubs didn’t get Ohtani. Jake Arrieta‘s price is likely to be too high. And if they miss out on Darvish, where do the Cubs turn? One potential candidate is Lance Lynn. One year removed from Tommy John surgery, Lynn seems to be trending in the right direction. He’s got playoff experience and could add some stability compared to Mike Montgomery. He could be a bargain deal for a No. 5 starter.

All this talk leads to one conclusion. Pitching within the division will help decide the Central. The Cubs rotation is strong with the top three, but there are some questions at the backend. As they look to add another possible starter, it could be the difference in winning the Central. The Cubs will do everything they can to get better, if not now then maybe at the deadline.

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