Chicago Cubs: Minor leaguers who could play a role in the pen

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With the Chicago Cubs unable to sign even a mid-tier reliever without moving money, some minor leaguers could get the call in 2019 to help out the bullpen.

The Chicago Cubs bullpen was very thin by the end of 2019 after both Brandon Morrow and Pedro Strop were out with injuries in the final month of the season.

Morrow likely won’t be ready for Opening Day in 2019, so the Cubs could be in need of a closer yet again. Strop proved he was up to the task of closing in 2018, but it’s clear they still need more help to shore up the bullpen. However, in recent days, reports surfaced indicating they’d need to move money to even sign a middle tier reliever such as former Cub Adam Warren.

If the Cubs really don’t sign another reliever this offseason, there will be room for new contributors to break into the mix from the minor leagues and provide help in the later innings. Here’s a look at some minor league relievers who could be up to the task.