4 players in Asia that the Chicago Cubs could target this offseason

The Chicago Cubs have succeeded at building their team through the international market in the past, here are four guys that could help them in 2024 if they did it again.

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Livan Moinelo RP NPB Fukuoka Hawks

Look at the Cubs bullpen and tell me they don’t need some help. Players come from Japan and Korea every year and provide something out of the bullpen, and while there are certainly some that flounder, the number that are successful should be enough to grab the front office’s attention.

Moinelo is currently 27 and would be eligible to be signed to a free agent contract as an International Professional. You may have seen him pitch for the Cuban national team in the World Baseball Classic and he’s a lefty with a heavy heater, two breaking balls and a usable changeup.

Fangraphs had this to say about him:

"Moinelo is one of the more fun to watch pitchers in NPB and has been a Cuban National Team mainstay for the last half decade, a silky smooth lefty with one of pro baseball's more beautiful deliveries… He's one of the best relievers in Japan and could slot into a contending team's backend if he ends up coming stateside."


There is no such thing as too many good bullpen arms, especially when those arms are left-handed. If Moinelo comes at a price that is reasonable he’d be a great addition to a good young bullpen that the Cubs have begun to build.