In need of bullpen help, will the Chicago Cubs look to a pair of former New York Yankees relievers – both of whom have years of high-leverage experience?
When looking at the Chicago Cubs roster, a few things jump out right away. The starting rotation is set – with five established arms and a couple of backup options in-tow at this point. But its counterpart, the bullpen, needs more high-leverage arms in the worst way.
Right now, the three ‘go-to’ guys in the pen are Brandon Morrow, Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. And, based on how he pitched down the stretch, it’s pretty difficult to include Edwards on a ‘go-to’ list of any variety. But, for argument sake, we’ll keep him on it for now.
Not a bad trio to hand the ball to late in a ballgame. Strop has proven himself to be one of the most reliably consistent relievers in Cubs history since coming over in the Jake Arrieta deal. Morrow, while dominant, has plenty of health and injury concerns – especially in the wake of him missing the entire second half of 2018.
What do all three of these guys have in common, though? They’re all right-handed. Chicago lost Justin Wilson, their primary late-inning lefty to free agency (although he could re-sign with the Cubs this winter). So adding a southpaw – and another veteran arm to the mix – should be a priority. Could the team check in on two free agents who spent 2018 with the New York Yankees?