With really small activity in a free-agent marketplace this offseason, a Cubs sojourn in a hunt to urge their roster.
Here’s a demeanour during some of a openings they face with a initial examination for pitchers and catchers scheduled for Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz.
Starting pitching depth
If a Cubs don’t land a desired frontline starting pitcher, they’ll have a following possibilities during a behind finish of their rotation: left-hander Mike Montgomery (whom group officials seem to cite in a pitch role), Eddie Butler (who is out of options), Alec Mills and Jen-Ho Tseng. Montgomery and Butler have all though one of a quartet’s 77 career starts.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. They’ve downplayed this need given they scored 822 runs final deteriorate though Dexter Fowler.
There’s no David Ross or Miguel Montero on a horizon, nonetheless Chris Gimenez, 35, was sealed to a teenager joining agreement final month with a conjecture he could assistance tempt free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish (the dual played together with a Rangers). Gimenez has batted .218 in singular play over a final dual seasons though has been praised for his doing of pitching staffs. Victor Caratini, 24, perceived certain reviews from a coaching staff in his rookie season, though his expansion could be tiny if he backs adult Willson Contreras.
Brandon Morrow, 33, who possesses closer-type stuff, though he has notched usually dual saves given transitioning from a starting purpose dual years ago. Steve Cishek warranted 25 saves in 2016 with a Mariners though blew 7 chances. Carl Edwards Jr. needs to chuck some-more strikes before he can be entirely devoted in save situations.