Chicago Cubs: Decisions to make when it comes to the bullpen
The last few guys will just be listed briefly since none of them were signed to big deals or had a ton of service time in the Chicago Cubs organization.
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Derek Holland: Veteran lefty really struggled as a Cub and is pretty much guaranteed not to return.
Tony Barnette: The soon-to-be 36-year-old pitched in only 1 1/3 innings in 2019 and has a $3 million club option in 2020. He had injury problems and was placed on the restricted list to evaluate his personal life. He’s also probably not coming back.
Kendall Graveman: He spent 2019 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is slated for a $3 million club option in 2020. If Theo and company still see value in him, they may give him a shot. This is actually one of the more interesting decisions.
David Phelps: Sample size was small but we saw some decent work from him in his 17 innings as a Cub last year. 18 strikeouts and 3.18 ERA. His club option would be just $1 million so he could be a cheap option for pen depth next year.
There are so many areas of the roster that could see changes. Picking up some of these club options could be an indicator of what is on the market and who is Theo and co feels still has value to the team even if it is questionable.