3 recent non-tenders who could be complimentary pieces for the Cubs

These 3 guys won't break the bank - and they won't be the answers to the team's biggest problems, either - but could help deepen the roster.

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Adam Cimber has all the makings of a Cubs reliever already

Similar to Tellez, veteran reliever Adam Cimber is just one year removed from a very strong performance, when he appeared in almost half of the Blue Jays game and posted a sub-3.00 ERA. He struggled in 2023, but given Craig Counsell's mastery of pulling the right levers in a bullpen, the right-hander could slot in nicely to what will be a new-look pen in Chicago.

Cimber, who has made his mark as a heavy groundball pitcher in his career, could benefit from the elite Cubs middle infield combo of Dansby Swanson and Nico Hoerner if he can work with Tommy Hottovy on sorting out his pitch mix and approach.

It's probably the unorthodox arm angle, but he reminds me a great deal of Steve Cishek, who was arguably Joe Maddon's most trusted reliever from 2018-19 - and for good reason: he made 150 appearances and worked to a 2.55 ERA during that stretch, playing a critical role for the Cubs. Cimber could do the same for Counsell and fits the type of low-cost, low-risk, high-upside arm the front office has focused on in recent years.