Chicago Cubs: Possible free agent southpaw reliever options

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The Chicago Cubs could be looking to add one more free agent reliever before the season begins. A lefty would probably be the best option right now.

It was relieving to see the Chicago Cubs pick up free agent reliever Brad Brach the other day, adding back-end arm to the bullpen. Brach was an excellent addition to a pen with some holes and question marks.

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Brach, Brandon Morrow, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Steve Cishek are all righties in a bullpen with few lefty options currently. Mike Montgomery will likely serve as a swingman and long relief with late options now being Randy Rosario and Brian Duensing. Rosario started very well after being called up from Triple-A until cooling off and Duensing struggled mightily in 2018.

While Rosario can maintain some success and Duensing can bounce back, it would be beneficial for the Cubs to explore options in acquiring another veteran lefty. There are Triple-A guys on the current 40-man roster who can be options if they prove themselves in Spring Ball, but getting another lefty vet gives a bit more assurance and a cushion.

As the free agent reliever pool continues to thin, the options are not as deep. These relievers will not make people jump out of their seats, but they are solid options that can help be a productive part of a bullpen.