Chicago Cubs: Bringing in another flamethrower
According to MLB Trade Rumors’ prediction, Betances is going to sign a one-year, $7 million contract. Fangraphs is a little more optimistic in their projection on a two-year, $18.5 million deal. The first deal sits more favorably for the Cubs than the second.
We already know Morrow, David Phelps and Kendall Graveman will not be returning. Tony Barnette also saw his option declined for 2020. Kimbrel is returning. Pedro Strop, however, is also a free agent with no guarantee of returning, as are Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler. The state of the Cubs’ pen is in pressing need of an overhaul.
Assuming the best possible outcome, Betances is going to be affordable. Landing him on a one-year deal would be the scenario Chicago should look toward. The hurler will be 32 years old and coming off a torn Achilles. There is no reason to find yourselves locked into a long-term deal, which ultimately could backfire.
Fixing the bullpen is going to be one of David Ross‘ biggest challenges, and he will need all the help from that group. Adding the 6’8″ reliever would be a step in the right direction heading into the 2020 regular season.