Chicago Cubs: The decision for Butler over Grimm

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Joining several other Cubs

Grimm joined several other recent former Cubs that became Royals (Jason Hammel, Jorge Soler, Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill) in their first season after leaving the Cubs. Since signing with the Royals, Grimm has struggled. He has pitched only seven innings over 10 appearances. In that time he’s posted a 21.86 ERA, giving up 12 hits and nine walks, while striking out six batters.

Just like with Butler, Grimm’s stats are a very small sample because he has missed a bunch of time due to injury. Grimm has been on the disabled list since April 24th and is expected to begin a brief rehab assignment soon.

After posting a 1.99 ERA in 2015, Grimm’s last couple of seasons with the Cubs weren’t nearly as dominant. In 2016 he had a 4.10 ERA and last year he finished with an even worse 5.53. Grimm has been in the majors for a while now. So he might be done developing. Instead, he might just be trying to hold on.