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Cubs: Evident lack of left-handers could  be a major issue

The Cubs still have a shortage of quality left-handers throughout the staff. This is true not just when talking about the starting rotation, but also in the bullpen.

There were some murmurs suggesting Chicago had interest in James Paxton, but nothing materialized on that front. The Cubs re-signed Andrew Chafin and also signed Adam Morgan (minor league deal) to add lefty depth in the bullpen, but not a whole lot’s there in terms of impact lefties.

Perhaps president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has another move or two in mind. Or, maybe the Cubs plan on fast-tracking the likes of Brailyn Marquez or Burl Carraway, though that option seems likely. It will also be interesting to see how Brad Wieck progresses after missing practically all of the 2020 season.

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Regardless, it is hard not to notice the lack of left-handers in the staff. That might become an area of focus at the trade deadline if the Cubs find themselves in contention.