Chicago Cubs: Free agent relievers that could interest the Cubs

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Chicago Cubs: Ottavino looking to cash in after a stellar campaign

Adam Ottavino has had an up and down career in Colorado, as many pitchers who pitch multiple years in Coors Field do. Last season he posted a career-best 2.43 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 0.991 WHIP and 112 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings. That works out to 13 punchouts per nine.

Ottavino has struck out 10 or more per nine every season since 2015 and has a 3.12 ERA and 3.31 FIP going back to 2013 spanning north of 300 innings. The righty has plenty of value right now. Can he be what he was in 2018? Hard to say, because these are kinds of numbers that are often seen when veteran relievers hit their peak.

However he can at the very least be a good/solid arm for any bullpen. Despite some ups and downs, he has had a pretty solid career overall. His season last year suggests he will get offers bigger than a one-year deal on the low, but it would seem worth it for the Cubs to explore him.