Cubs Rumors: Will the team go all-in on Pirates hurler Felipe Vazquez?

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Cubs Rumors: Maddon doing the best with what he has

To this point, he’s gotten by utilizing the likes of Kyle Ryan, Mike Montgomery and Tim Collinshardly an imposing trio of southpaws. The addition of Kimbrel allows Maddon to shift Pedro Strop back to where he’s at his best – as the setup man. Guys like Steve Cishek and Carl Edwards move back to the middle innings as firemen, immediately lengthening the bullpen in a big way.

But things just keep circling back to the team’s glaring lack of even a high-quality lefty. Chicago could not only become a powerhouse in the National League by adding someone like Vazquez but keep the Dodgers from adding what could be the missing piece in the club’s quest to return to a third-straight World Series.

Vazquez is enjoying yet another stellar campaign with the Pirates, converting 19 of 21 saves and putting up some pretty eye-catching numbers in the process. He boasts a 1.91 earned run average to go along with a 1.09 WHIP and .210 opponent batting average.

The 27-year-old boasts one of the liveliest fastballs in the league, averaging a well above average 98.1 MPH heater with a 2,622 rpm spin rate. He’s known as a guy who pounds the zone – walking fewer than 2.5 batters per nine while averaging a staggering 13.91 punchouts.