Chicago Cubs: Looking at a very thin starting rotation

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The Cubs have a major starting pitching problem heading into the 2021 season.

Within the last few weeks, the Chicago Cubs rotation has lost Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana. They have added the likes of Zach Davies (in the Darvish trade) and Shelby Miller (non-guaranteed deal) and that is about it. So how on earth are the Cubs going to put this rotation together in 2021?

The brutal reality is, this rotation is not going to carry this team to the postseason. It is lucky for Chicago they play in a bad division but if they want to have any chances at competing they are going to need to improve somehow. With that said, here is a look at a potential rotation with what they have now.

There are only a few certainties for the rotation as of right now among the options with several candidates that are on the fringe between rotation and bullpen. Half of the rotation candidates are up in the air to even make the team out of spring training. This is not an ideal situation, but here we go.