Chicago Cubs: Three things they need to do to get back on track

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Cubs need to find one or two starters that fit the bill

The Cubs’ Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks appear to be locked atop the rotation. Mills looks like he’s set for the number three spot. After that? Adbert Alzolay will be a good bet for the four spot if he manages to master the slider. If I were a betting man? I’d go all-in on that happening.

So what’s that leave us? Colin Rea? Rule 5 pitcher Gray Fenter? Possibly a new free agent addition? One way or another, the team will be scraping the bottom of the barrel to hit on a pitcher to handle the back of the rotation. We got lucky on Mills, and he was the fourth-best on the pitching staff. Trevor Bauer, anyone? (Yeah, right).

Do you know what I’d like to see? Rich Hill. He’d get the opportunity to finish his career right where he started it. The veteran lefty has gone blow-for-blow with Father Time, managing a 3.03 ERA and 1.164 WHIP in eight starts this year with the Twins. He will be 41 years old next season, so that’s definitely something to keep in mind – although it could help keep him in the Cubs’ price range.

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