Cubs have assembled a quality bullpen – one that will be sold off in pieces
In recent years, the Chicago front office has been masterful in its pursuit of veteran relievers looking to re-establish value. This year has been no exception, with David Robertson, Mychal Givens playing key roles in the bullpen. That same veteran-focused approach has also paid off in the rotation with Miley and Smyly having solid seasons to this point, as well.
Hoyer has mixed those experienced arms with guys like Keegan Thompson, Ethan Roberts (before he went down with an injury), Rowan Wick, Scott Effross and Brandon Hughes – with more reinforcements waiting in the wings in the farm system. Most notably, Caleb Kilian looks like he’s knocking on the door, ready to bring the dominance he’s shown at Triple-A to the big league level.
You can just about guarantee the likes of Robertson, Givens, Smyly and Miley are playing somewhere else before the season ends. That’s going to open up a lot of innings on David Ross’ staff and you’re going to see a merry-go-round of arms cycling through to fill the void left.
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I’m telling you that now because it’s not going to be all roses and sunshine. The team will likely use the second half to let guys audition for a spot on the 2023 team and, in doing so, we’re going to see some tumultuous outings. But if Hoyer does half as well on trading these guys as he did during last summer’s sell-off, the future will be bright.