The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of….I have no idea what they’re planning on doing this off-season. They’ve made a couple under the radar signings, but nothing dramatic so far. I don’t see them going after any of the big names on the market for…some reason I will never understand. However, it is what it is in Chicago and it’s up to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to somehow turn this team into a winter prior to the 2019 season.
If they’re planning on doing that, they should look at a flurry of “can be had” guys that have no risk and a ton of upside. Look no further than Daniel Bard of the Boston Red Sox.
Daniel Bard is a guy Theo and Jed know quite well, obviously. He’s also been one of the best 8th inning arms in baseball at one point, prior to the Red Sox hilariously thinking he could be a power starter (oops). Not only do I still laugh at that, but Bard was sent back to the minors for some reason to “figure it out” last year.
Bard would be SICK in the back end of the bullpen next year. He throws hard and has a nasty slider. He lost his command last year as he tried to be that 6-7 inning guy, but as we saw in the minors several years ago- this guy CANNOT start. When you let him cut lose for 1 inning, he’s dangerous.
The Cubs need to revamp that bullpen and Daniel Bard would be one heck of an addition. I know I’m probably pipe-dreaming at this point but whatever. Daniel Bard would be outstanding in Cubbie Blue and I don’t think it would take a ton to get him.