Chicago Cubs: Five noteworthy free agents who remain unsigned

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While we await the start of the baseball season, there are still some free agents that the Chicago Cubs might consider once play resumes.

Even though teams aren’t able to complete transactions right now, once play resumes, the Chicago Cubs may still be looking to add some depth to their roster. We know that the Cubs were bargain shoppers this past offseason, and if they’re looking to continue that trend, there are still some free agents out there that could likely be had for cheap. Here we look at five of them.

Chicago Cubs: Arodys Vizcaino

We’ll start with an arm that could be worth taking a chance on for the bullpen in Arodys Vizcaino. The 29-year-old right-hander was actually in the Cubs’ system from 2012 to 2014. In 2012, the Cubs acquired him from the Atlanta Braves when they sent Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm the other way. He got into five games with the Cubs in 2014, giving up three runs in five innings, before he was traded back to Atlanta for Tommy La Stella.

Vizcaino had a nice run in Atlanta from 2015 to 2018, pitching 168 innings and posting a 2.79 ERA while collecting 49 saves. However, after getting into just four games to start 2019, he had to undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. The Braves later traded him to the Seattle Mariners, though he saw no action with them.

Vizcaino has always had a rather high walk rate, though he’s consistently struck out more than a batter per inning throughout his career. His average fastball velocity, before last year, was between 97 and 99 MPH. If the Cubs are looking to add even more bullpen depth, they might want to take a flyer on their former farmhand.