3 positions the Chicago Cubs need to improve before Spring Training

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Aug 17, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick (50)
Aug 17, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Rowan Wick (50) / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

3 positions the Cubs need to improve before Spring Training: Closer

If there is one area in which the Cubs have thrived in during the course of their rebuild, it has been their bullpen. In each of the past two seasons, the Cubs have successfully rehabilitated veteran closers David Robertson and Craig Kimbrel and replenished the farm system by moving each of them at the respective Major League Baseball trade deadline in 2021 and 2022.

After the Cubs trade of Roberston at the deadline last season, Rowan Wick was afforded the opportunity to cement himself as the team's closer moving forward. Unfortunately, Wick's struggles from the 2021 season continued into the 2022 season and he was unable to seize the opportunity that was in front of him.

Veteran Brad Boxberger was signed by the team this offseason but it seems likely that the team views him as a primary right-handed setup man in the bullpen. It would stand to reason that the Cubs would like to add at least one more arm to the backend of the rotation and ideally that would be a veteran that has closing experience.

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