Chicago Cubs: Looking at internal options to round out the rotation

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The Chicago Cubs have a long to-do list this winter and that includes rounding out a starting rotation that lost Cole Hamels in free agency.

Cubs president Theo Epstein said at the GM meetings that his team is going to be mindful of their rotational situation given that they only have team control over three starters – Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester (depending on how his option plays out) – through 2021.

However, there is also the possibility that Epstein and the front office will focus on improving other areas of the team, such as acquiring hitters with a plus contact rate, finding an option in center field and adding to the bullpen.

The Cubs currently have four starters, with Cole Hamels unlikely to be re-signed in free agency. If they do not dive into that market in the next few months, who might be the guy(s) that will fill that final spot in the rotation?