The Chicago Cubs have a pressing need for bullpen help. Former Yankees reliever Dellin Betances could help fill a glaring void in the late innings.
In 2019 the Chicago Cubs had a bottom-10 bullpen in Major League Baseball. While collectively, the ERA stayed under 4.00, at 3.98, it was barely under the benchmark and still wasn’t remotely close as the worst part.
The corps carried a 4.54 FIP and a 4.50 xFIP. Both ranged in the ‘below-average’ to ‘poor’ categories according to Fangraphs. Rowan Wick was far and away the best option in the pen last season. He finished with a 2.43 ERA across 33 1/3 innings, posting a very respectable 2.82 FIP with a 25 percent strikeout rate. After that, it dropped off pretty steeply.
Chicago has Craig Kimbrel locked in the middle of a three-year contract that got off to a troubling start. Unfortunately for the career of Brandon Morrow as a Cub, that chapter is over. Following the decline on his option, it opens up some more money. The team also declined the option on Derek Holland. Now, with some resources to play with and a need for relief help, we turn our attention to Dellin Betances.