3 red flags for the Cubs' 2023 season- left-handed relief options
Although the bullpen could easily be a strength for the Cubs this season, adding another lefty weapon is imperative for the pitching staff. We know the Cubs need a true closer, and thankfully there are still a few available in free agency. Andrew Chafin is a fan-favorite that comes to mind that could be particularly beneficial to the Cubs should they look to use some of their remaining financial resources there.
In 2022, the Cubs bullpen was only 21st in the league with a collective ERA of 4.12. Fast forwarding to this year, there is far greater depth, primarily among the bulk relief options, who had success as starters last season. Names like Adrian Sampson, Javier Assad, and Keegan Thompson all figure to serve a vital role out of the pen, With Brandon Hughes and Brad Boxberger currently slated for the back-end roles. Codi Heuer will eventually be back around summertime, which should also provide a spark.
All of those above, aside from Hughes, are right-handed pitchers. The Cubs will need to land a bonafide stud if they wish for the bullpen to be a real strength moving forward. They did sign lefties Roenis Elias, Anthony Kay, and Ryan Borucki to minor-league deals. Suppose one should pan out, fantastic. The front office, however, could undoubtedly use more proven firepower.