Four positions Cubs contingency fill during open training

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.

Backup catcher

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.

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