This past week saw the starting pitching market heat up as the Chicago Cubs continue to look for arms to add to their starting rotation.
Aaron Nola returned to the Philadelphia Phillies while Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn each signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitchers at the top of the free agent market, Blake Snell and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, remain unsigned.
The Cubs have been linked to Yamamoto but it remains unseen if the team will be willing to sign the Japanese to a seven-year deal worth at least $200MM. It wouldn't seem that the Cubs will be one of the teams in on Snell as he does not fit the profile of a pitcher that the front office signs to a long-term deal.
A trade continues to be the likely path for the Cubs to address their need in the starting rotation and Mark Feinsand of MLB dot com provided an update on the likelihood of whether or not the Tampa Rays will trade starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow remains a perfect trade target for the Cubs. At $25MM in the final year of his current contract, it is only $4MM more than what the Cubs would have been paying Marcus Stroman in 2024 before he opted out of his deal last month. The biggest difference between Glasnow and Stroman is that Glasnow is a certified top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher when healthy and the Cubs can be comfortable with entering the season with him as their ace.
A trade for Glasnow makes the most sense for the Cubs with regard to their need for starting pitching. With pitching prospects such as Ben Brown and Cade Horton nearing the Major League level, the Cubs don't have a long-term need in the rotation but would in 2024 if they plan on contending.