Chicago Cubs need bullpen help, but boast several bounceback candidates

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The Chicago Cubs will surely add to their pitching staff this winter but could get a further boost if these guys can return to form next season.

Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are underway and the rumor mill is churning. Most of the reports on Monday centered around the Chicago Cubs and their interest in Bryce Harper. They ranged from the club being viewed as a long-shot to heavy favorites, so it’s anybody’s guess how this actually comes to fruition.

But, perhaps, more importantly, this week gives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer the chance to get in the same room as agents for free agent relievers. With Brandon Morrow sidelined until May and an overall lack of depth emanating throughout the pen, the Cubs surely need to add to their ranks.

That being said, they could also get a boost from some guys who turned in disappointing 2019 campaigns. Now, operating under the assumption that these arms will pitch better next year is setting yourself up to fail. Still, if they do figure it out and give you quality innings, the depth question surrounding the Cubs bullpen is maybe not answered, but you won’t lose sleep over it, either.