In what was somewhat of an expected move, the Chicago Cubs released Justin Grimm. It will open up a spot in the bullpen for somebody, but who?
On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs released Justin Grimm. This came as a shock to no one. After being the first to take Cubs president of Operations’ Theo Epstein to arbitration–and lose–he was on a short leash. The issues he had last season giving up the long ball didn’t seem to correct themselves, so the Cubs parted ways. But that does open up a spot in the bullpen. So who will it be?
There are several names with a chance to make the team. The first one we take a look at is Eddie Butler. While primarily a starter, giving him the spot could allow Mike Montgomery to take more of a “hybrid starter” role. Butler could become the long-man in the pen, giving some of his bullpen mates a day off. Add that to the fact that Butler is out of options, and it might not be that bad of an idea.
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