With the 2012 season now complete, attention can be turned to free agency for the Chicago Cubs and who the team should after to improve the 2013 team. This winter needs to be focused on pitching more than anything after having a team ERA of 4.51 in 2012. I think the first move that needs to be looked at would be going after Los Angeles Angels right-hander Zack Greinke.
Greinke has had his well-publicized problems with social anxiety disorder while with the Kansas City Royals, and seems more comfortable with the Milwaukee Brewers. He did pitch in Los Angeles the end of this season though so hopefully that has helped him break out of his shell even more.
Greinke finished 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA this season and would fit perfectly into the No. 2 slot in the Cubs rotation behind either Matt Garza or Jeff Samardzija. Greinke didn’t exactly set the world on fire while with the Angels either so maybe the big deal he could have got if he pitched better has slipped away some.
While 2013 is likely going to be a rebuilding year again for the Cubs, 2014 is where the promise will come through and having a rotation led by Greinke and Samardzija would greatly help matters. It won’t be easy obviously but if Theo Epstein can get Tom Ricketts to open his checkbook for this one, you probably can pull off getting Greinke on a four-year deal for about $52 million and have a solid rotation for 2013 when you never know if the Cubs may surprise people.