Cubs Rumors: Three bullpen targets in free agency

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The Chicago Cubs had a makeshift bullpen in 2020, one that slowly came together as the year went along.

The Chicago Cubs’ Craig Kimbrel overcame early struggles to return to dominant form in his second season with the team. Dan Winkler’s peripherals were far less than stellar, but he managed to be effective in the middle innings. Chicago had a pair of late bloomers in Ryan Tepera and Jason Adam, and Jeremy Jeffress stepped into the closer role.

However, it serves to reason the Cubs will pursue added relief depth in the offseason.

Chicago gained little clarity with respect to how guys like Duane Underwood Jr. play a role going forward, and Kyle Ryan took a big step back this year. Despite his success, Jeffress lost velocity, and the Cubs might choose not to bring him back.

Theo Epstein has often dealt with moving pieces and turnover in the last few years with respect to the bullpen, and he might choose to pursue some veteran arms this winter.

Here are three relievers the Cubs could look to target.