Chicago Cubs: Four players looking to rebound in 2020

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Chicago Cubs: Of all the players on the current roster that needs a bounce back in 2020, no doubt Craig Kimbrel is the number one name on the list.

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The 2019 Cubs had a major bullpen problem, and they tried to address that in a big way mid-season by getting free agent closer Craig Kimbrel who was holding out for a while. Kimbrel did not have a real spring training and needed some time to get ready before joining the Cubs after signing the three-year, $43 million deal.

There is no other way to put it, Kimbrel’s Cubs debut season was a disaster. A 6.53 ERA, 8.00 FIP, 1.6 WHIP and a career-high nine homers given up in just 20 2/3 innings. He also spent time on the IL so he was not always available even when on the roster. He converted 13/16 saves which is honestly kind of surprising, but the overall numbers are pretty awful.

Here is a guy that honestly should be given the benefit of the doubt for now. Prior to 2019 he was a 1.91 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 0.92 WHIP and 14.7 K/9 pitcher in 542 appearances with 333 saves and a seven-time All Star. Give him a full year with a team with a real spring training against live batters and hopefully have him stay healthy and there is reason to feel good.

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The team’s number one priority should be fixing weaknesses if they want to contend in 2020. But if they truly are not going to make a lot of moves or if they do and ride with a lot of these pieces, then seeing bounce back seasons are key to giving the Cubs a chance.