Chicago Cubs: 3 cost-effective free agent starters still left on the board

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Chicago Cubs: 3 cost-effective free agent pitchers to consider – #1: Danny Duffy

When the Los Angeles Dodgers traded for Danny Duffy at the trade deadline, it looked like they were getting a quality reinforcement in a heated battle for the NL West crown. Instead, the left-hander never threw a pitch for the team because of injury.

Much like Paxton, as long as everything is well health-wise, this is a guy who’s going to draw interest this winter. He got off to a scorching start early last year before that flexor tendon strain took things off the rails pretty quickly. Still, we’re talking about a southpaw who, while not an ace for a contender, is still a quality arm capable of keeping his team in ballgames.

In his career, which has been spent with just one team, the Royals, Duffy carries a 4.17 FIP and 1.316 WHIP across just under 1,200 innings of work. His 9.6 K/9 and 25.8 percent K rate last season both marked personal bests – and, again, fall into that ‘missing bats’ category we know the Cubs’ front office is focused on.

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He ranked in the top third of the league in whiff rate and Statcast was high on his chase rate numbers, too. With a five-pitch mix, Duffy can keep hitters guessing – and could be a perfect buy-low bounceback candidate for Chicago to consider this winter.