Just three years ago, almost to the day, Cole Hamels was throwing the first no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years. Now he will be suiting up for the Cubs his next time around in the rotation. Late on Thursday night, the team agreed to trade multiple prospects for the four time All-Star. Continue reading
The free agent market has been ice cold this year, but that has not stopped the Cubs from making a flurry of minor moves to shore up their pitching depth going into the 2018 season. They may not be flashy transactions, but as we all know, it is much more than just the Opening Day roster that makes an impact throughout the season.
It is often the pitchers that start the season as the number seven or eight starter in the organization or the pitcher stuck in a middle relief role in Iowa that end up playing crucial roles for the team in the dead of the summer. Continue reading
It is no mystery to anyone that the Chicago Cubs front office will be on the lookout for starting pitching options to fill out the voids left in the rotation made by free agents Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. The real question is regarding the way in which Theo & Co. wish to fill out the back end of that rotation. Will it be with top of the rotation starters? Two middle of the rotation guys? Will they let guys come in on “prove it” deals? Continue reading