Cubs Still Looking to Add Lefty Reliever
The Cubs seemed to be intent on adding a lefty reliever to the bullpen mix in the days prior to camp officially opening, but most of the talk died down when they signed righty Michael Fulmer. That was less about need, or a lack thereof, and more about the remaining options presumably maintaining asking prices that were higher than the front office was willing to meet.
The market took a hit when Andrew Chafin signed for much less than anticipated, but Matt Moore got $7.55 million from the Angels not long after. Now that games have been underway for about a week, however, veterans Will Smith and Zack Britton might be getting a little anxious to secure a spot even if it means taking a discount. Both southpaws have been on the Cubs’ radar and it sounds like they still are.
“If someone came into camp, I wouldn’t be shocked,” Jed Hoyer told reporters Thursday.
That sounds so coy it’s almost an admission that something is in the works, especially coming from someone who is typically very tight-lipped. It makes sense to bring in another veteran presence to secure a few late-inning outs, so keep your eyes open for a move in the coming days.