One area that still needs improvement is the bullpen as the Cubs had one of the worst relief corps in all of baseball and while the team looks quite better in comparison to last year, there are still names out there that could help the team even more and one name that would be a great fit for the organization is veteran lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who has plenty of suitors according to reports.
Sanchez would add a lot of flexibility to the pitching staff due to his capacity to work as a starter or as a reliever, much like Carlos Villanueva did last season for Chicago. The fact that Sanchez is a left-hander adds even more possibilities about the role he might use with the team.
While several teams are looking at Sanchez as a possible starter, the Cubs employ to use him as a reliever possibly in the long relief role. With two LOOGY specialists in James Russell and recently-signed Wesley Wright, Sanchez would add even more depth in a bullpen that also features Zac Rosscup and Brooks Raley as left-handers, giving the team enough pieces to make a trade looking to solve another hole in the roster.
Sanchez’ .218 BA against left-handed hitters certainly couldn’t hurt the team and if he’s stretched out the be a starter, he also has proven success winning 13 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and throwing a no-hitter the year before.
Talks are nothing but closed at this stage, but the Cubs should make a serious run at Sanchez. He seems like a perfect fit for the team towards next season.