Chicago Cubs: Rotation of aces, bullpen arms to watch

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While the Chicago Cubs rotation isn’t full of aces, it has several that at one time were. Can they all come together this year to form a ‘super-rotation?’  And we look at how the Cubs bullpen could pan out.

The Chicago Cubs didn’t add many pieces to a team that won 95 games last season. How you choose to look at that is up to you. One piece they did ‘add’ was Cole Hamels by picking up his option. It was a pricey one, but they felt with how he pitched and his leadership, it was worth it. With a group consisting of he, Jon Lester and Yu Darvish the Cubs essentially have three ‘aces.’ I’m not judging their current status, just that at one time they all were. With Kyle Hendricks potentially joining that status, a health rotation could help lead the Cubs.

If there was a spot that had the potential for the most change, it’s in the Cubs bullpen. But that’s not saying that much. Only a few faces could change, and one could be a familiar one as Mike Montgomery slides back into a long relief/spot starter role. With Jesse Chaves and Justin Wilson moving on, who takes their spots, and who else should we be keeping an eye on?

Chances are the Cubs aren’t making any high-profile signings. But they could still improve the team with a few smaller ones. (*At time of publishing, Parra wasn’t yet signed) One of the central positions they can improve–or at least build depth–is behind the plate. The bullpen can always use more depth, as well. So who are some more realistic targets for the Cubs to be chasing?

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These and other stories that you might have missed:

‘Aces are wild for the 2019 rotation’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Bullpen battles to watch this spring’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Some realistic targets for the Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Epstein talks good game, Cubs need to back it up’ – Cubs Insider

‘Predicting every Opening Day starter’ – MLB.com

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