The Chicago Cubs need to focus on revamping the bullpen this offseason. While some guys may come up from the farm and/or via trade, there are some notable veterans out there that could come in via free agency.
We’re still months from Spring Training and the Chicago Cubs already suffered a tough blow. Closer Brandon Morrow recently underwent elbow surgery and likely won’t be ready for Opening Day. The Chicago closer missed the entire second half of last season due to injury, leading to Pedro Strop doing most of the closing duty.
The bullpen simply needs to add more reliable arms for next year. Right now the guys that can fully be trusted over a season are basically Strop and Steve Cishek (even he ran out of gas in September). There needs to be more depth added – period.
If the Cubs budget is truly tight, then it is hard to see any of those guys coming to Chicago, but we will wait and see what they truly have in terms of flexibility in the Winter Meetings. That, and Miller’s regression since his 2016 season raises some red flags.
Here is a list of relievers that may be of interest to the Cubs.