Chicago Cubs News: Grading the team's offseason additions

Chicago Cubs Introduce Dansby Swanson
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Drew Smyly: C+

The Cubs added even more rotation depth by bringing back southpaw Drew Smyly on a 2-year $19 million deal. In 2022, Smyly started 22 games for the Cubbies and posted a reasonable 3.47 ERA in 106 innings pitched. We know that Kyle Hendricks’ lingering shoulder injury will keep him sidelined for the start of the season. This means Smyly will probably be in the starting rotation alongside Marcus Stroman, Justin Steele, and James Taillon, while several others compete for the 5th spot. While Smyly is prone to injury himself, it is always good to have extra arms on staff. In addition to being familiar with the Cubs, Smyly was teammates with Dansby Swanson when they won the World Series in 2021.