The Chicago Cubs are right now the joke of baseball. Yes, I’m a Cubs fan and that’s not as harsh as I should be. Their pitching has been absolutely pathetic and I’m tired of watching it. Their approach is one of a high school kid, and I’m 99% sure Chris Bosio is a terrible teacher. With that being said, the Cubs ARE a big market team with deep pockets. They traded away Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster so they did save a little money there and got a few decent prospects back. With that being said, the Cubs need TWO starters, either by trade or by free agency. Here are the 2 guys I’d like the Cubs to go after.
1) Zack Greinke
2) Francisco Liriano
Why these two guys? Well- for one- I don’t think the Cubs could get Josh Johnson, James Shields, Cliff Lee, and even Jon Lester without giving Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and/or Jorge Soler and I don’t support that. So I believe the Cubs need to be active in Free agency to make this team go.
Zack Greinke is everyone’s dream. The Los Angeles Angels RHP has shown to be dominant at times, has won a cy young, has pitched in the NL central well, and would serve as the top of the rotation arm the Cubs have lacked for a long time. To put Greinke in with Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, and Travis Wood– it’s now a rotation that can do some damage. It’ll be a very tough sign, but I think the Cubs will be in on him this winter.
Francisco Liriano might be a surprise. He hasn’t been the same guy since having Tommy John surgery, and that’s why I want the Cubs to get him. He probably could be had pretty cheaply, he is left handed, can still strike you out, and he would serve well in the central. Having him at the bottom of a rotation is worth the risk if he can figure out how to locate more consistently. It would give the Cubs a legitimate high rotation candidate for almost nothing and the risk is minimal.
Liriano would also give the Cubs more flexibility to improve their bullpen and add a quality bat as well, and that’s just as important.
The Cubs aren’t that far away, and it’s important to see that they can spend and rebuild through the farm system at the same time. I’m actually excited more for the winter than to watch the Cubs play right now- and that’s a good thing. Hopefully Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer make things happen.