5. Mike Clevinger
Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger has been one of the few bright spots on the field for the White Sox this year with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts. The 32-year-old also has a mutual option worth $12 million for 2024 that looks intriguing when you take into account the wealth of starting pitching prospects the Cubs have coming through the system. Since Clevinger is prone to injury, his relatively low-risk option could be a decent move for the Cubs in 2024 while guys like Jordan Wicks and Cade Horton develop.
Clevinger is a pitcher that Yan Gomes has caught in the past, and he has had some very successful years in the past. Most notably in 2018 when he reached the 200-inning mark while keeping his ERA at a stellar 3.02. The only dicey thing with Clevinger is his off-the-field behavior.
Although he didn't face discipline for it, Clevinger was accused of domestic and child abuse prior to the season. Clevinger has also garnered criticism from past teammates for lying and poor judgment. With the Cubs' clubhouse chemistry seemingly in a good place right now, perhaps the team should think twice about Clevinger.