3 underrated pitcher signings the Chicago Cubs made this winter
Looking back at the Chicago Cubs' transactions this winter, quite a few signings can fall into that underrated category. Specifically looking at pitchers, which figures to be one of the strengths of the Cubs this coming season, it's important to analyze who has the upside to perform at the major league level and bring the team a level of success that will be needed for the Cubs to compete in 2023. With signings at the major and minor league levels, the front office has done a great job providing the organization with depth. Let's look at three pitcher signings that could greatly impact and help steer the Cubs toward contention.
3 underrated signings - 3. Brad Boxberger
Overshadowed by the signing of Cody Bellinger at the time, Brad Boxberger was signed as a solid relief piece early this winter and figures to be a solid setup guy, assuming the Cubs still acquire a true closer this winter. Fresh off a season in which he recorded a 2.95 ERA and a 25.4 K%, Boxberger was signed on a one-year, 2.8MM deal. He owns an above-average 3.44 ERA for his career, including a mark of 3.14 lifetime at Wrigley Field in 14.1 frames.
Split-wise, Boxberger owned a home ERA in Milwaukee of 4.06 in 2022 but was electric on the road with a minuscule mark of just 1.91. The hope is that his struggles can be limited to Milwaukee, where his career ERA in that park is tied for 5th worst of any ballpark he has pitched in. If he can keep up the elite road numbers and do what he has done in Chicago over his 13 appearances, he has the upside to be one of the best relievers in baseball.