Chicago Cubs: An early look at 2020 free agent pitchers

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Chicago Cubs: The franchise has limited prospects but plenty of money.

Right now it seems like Will Smith could be a pipe dream. The veteran lefty reliever is going to cost some assets if the Giants do indeed trade him at the deadline. It is pretty obvious the Cubs do not have that many assets to trade and the ones they do have they realistically want to keep around.

However, he is a free agent in 2020. He will draw the interest of many teams no doubt including his current team. Going back to 2015, Smith has a 2.79 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 1.01 WHIP and a 12.2 K/9 in 229 games (all in relief). This is not an average guy having a good year, he has been good for sometime now. He is currently 30 so one has to imagine he will have plenty in the tank going forward.

Regardless of how this season ends, lefty pen depth and just depth in general will be needed in the future. Add him to the mix next year with a full season of Craig Kimbrel and you can have something very special.