Chicago Cubs Rumors: Jacob deGrom would drastically alter this club

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Chicago Cubs: Examining what he brings to the table

deGrom, a two-time All-Star, has set the bar for National League starters in 2018. He leads the league in ERA+ (228), FIP (2.32) and earned run average (1.68) in 123 1/3 innings of work for a lowly Mets club.

The big right-hander has long been heralded as one of the most promising arms in baseball. But, as we know, Mets hurlers also come with a warning label given their seemingly endless merry-go-round on the disabled list. But, for the most part, deGrom has been consistent.

From 2014 to 2017, he’s averaged 170 innings per season with a 2.98 ERA, 3.07 FIP and 4.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This season, he may very well eclipse 200 frames of work for the first time in his career.

And as far as his stuff goes? He’s downright filthy. With New York needing a rebuild, no one will fetch more to jump start such a project than their ace. But, when you look at the Cubs, how you shuffle the pitching staff is more than a little hairy.