What the Cubs Can Do to Fix the Bullpen
The Cubs Bullpen hasn’t been as sharp as it once was, right now their ERA of 4.39 ranks as sixteenth in the major leagues, so what can the Cubs do to fix it while Morrow and Montgomery recover from injury?
Not too long ago this would have sounded stupid but after the recent very strong outings by Tyler, he seems to be worthy of pitching more innings. Before his start against Angels, Chatwood only appeared in one game and he seemed shaky. But now the Cubs could really benefit from using him more. Especially after what we saw from him against the D-Backs last Sunday. His stuff looks as good as it ever was during his tenure with the Cubs and he seems to have figured out his walks issue (for the most part). The starting rotation is a bit full at the moment so the Cubs can really only use him out of the pen.
Call Up Some Younger Guys
While some pitchers in the minors have done pretty badly (Duensing and Duane Underwood Jr.) other names have been quietly good and could help the Cubs more than Allen Webster, dude is garbage. Right now Colin Rea has done pretty well. In 22 innings he has 22 K’s. Cory Abbot of the Tennessee Smokies has an ERA of 2.86 through 28 innings. So while the Cubs farm system isn’t loaded it is certainly not empty.
Sign Free Agents
Craig Kimbrel is the obvious big name but it won’t be wise to use up what is potentially left of the Cubs funds. Other names include Ryan Madson and Joaquin Benoit. The Cubs could offer some cash to those guys but this is definitely their last resort.
The Cubs may possibly trade some guys in order to get some help. Addison Russell doesn’t really seem to have a spot with the emergence of David Bote and Daniel Descalso. Russell isn’t really highly coveted but I’m sure the Cubs could pick up a decent reliever like Alex Colome or Mychal Givens. The Cubs could also trade Montgomery to a middle of road team without too much starting pitching. The White Sox and Indians seem to be the most likely candidates and could give up a reliever for him. Theoretically the Cubs could give up anyone but those two seem to be the most likely trade bait because they don’t seem to fit on the team right now.