Chicago Cubs News: Jaime Garcia a possibility; Happ starting?

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 05: Jaime Garcia
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 05: Jaime Garcia /

We look at another potential option for the Chicago Cubs in Jaime Garcia. COuld he be a well-valued No. 5 at a cheap price? And can Ian Happ work his way into the rotation, or is he bound to be a “super-sub” this season?

If you believe that the Chicago Cubs are on the Yu Darvish train or bust, well, you should go elsewhere. The Cubs would like to add Darvish, Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb–but it doesn’t mean they aren’t looking at others as a fallback. While most of these pitchers won’t get half the hype that those three will, they’re still quality options at the backend of the rotation. Jaime Garcia could find himself as one of those guys as the rest choose not to sign.

Last spring, Ian Happ did just about everything you could ask of him. And still, he didn’t break camp with the Cubs. His roster spot is likely set this season. But for Happ to work his way into the lineup could be a tall task. With Addison Russell and Javier Baez taking up the middle infield, and Albert Almora hoping to take the majority of at-bat’s in centerfield–there’s no place for him. So it’s likely he’ll have to sub at several different spots to get at-bats.

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the baseball season. While the Super Bowl was exciting, it’s a turn the page moment to baseball. With so many interesting stories to keep an eye on, it should be a fantastic 2018. Will the Nationals or Indians finally break through? In New York, how many homers will Stanton and Judge hit? And Shohei Ohtani will make his debut stateside. Will he be everything the Angels hoped for?

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Could Garcia be a help to the Cubs’ rotation?‘ – Cubbies Crib

‘Happ might need to force the issue this spring’ – Cubbies Crib

’10 things to be excited about in 2018′ –

‘Thome anti-Chief Wahoo on HOF hat’ – ESPN

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