The Chicago Cubs have been busy this winter, making some key bargain signings that could help them close the gap between them and the St. Louis Cardinals, last year’s NL Central champions.
They added Cody Bellinger, Tucker Barnhart, Eric Hosmer, and Trey Mancini, while also signing Jameson Taillon to boost the rotation and Dansby Swanson to fill the hole at the shortstop position.
However, recent reports by Patrick Mooney of The Athletic suggest that the Cubs may not be done adding pieces.
Mooney reported in an article earlier today that the Cubs are looking into adding another reliever to their mix.
One fan tweeted a screenshot of the excerpt from Mooney’s article.
The Athletic has had these increasingly specific reports that the Cubs will add another reliever. This one has an end date. pic.twitter.com/HMQCjmHV1a
— Brad (@ballskwok) February 9, 2023
Of the relievers still available, left-handers Matt Moore, Will Smith, Zack Britton, Brad Hand, and former Cub Andrew Chafin are the best options.
Adding another piece to their pen certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Moore enjoyed a bounce-back season with the Texas Rangers, posting a 1.95 ERA in 63 appearances.
Chafin too had a solid season, with the Detroit Tigers, posting an ERA of 2.83.
A deal for a reliever could also come via trade.
Still, there are five very solid left-handers who surprisingly have yet to sign with new teams.
Veterans Brad Boxberger and Julian Merryweather are two of the more viable options in Chicago’s bullpen.
They also have lefty Rowan Wick.
As the old saying goes, you can never have too much pitching, and some more arms could put the Cubs in a position to challenge the Cardinals for the top spot in the Central.NEXT: The Cubs Celebrate A Franchise Legend And Former Top Pick