Cubs may add to bullpen, Hoyer says initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Chicago Cubs have made loads of strikes previous to the 2023 season, however they nonetheless have a number of holes on the roster, and so they should make some additions earlier than Cactus League play ends.

In a press session on Thursday, President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer mentioned that the staff may nonetheless look to make strikes, particularly of their bullpen.

“(We’re) generally done, but if someone came into camp, I wouldn’t be shocked,” Hoyer instructed media, together with The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney. “There are some players out there – in particular, some relievers out there.”

In all probability, the Cubs would pursue a left-handed reliever, since Brandon Hughes is the one one they at present have on their 40-man roster. 

The staff does have each Brailyn Marquez and Anthony Kay in camp, however Marquez hasn’t pitched an inning in a daily season sport since 2020, and Kay posted a 5.48 ERA in 13 minor-league video games final season earlier than being claimed on waivers within the offseason.

Fortunately for Hoyer and firm, there are nonetheless respectable left-handed pitchers left in the marketplace. 

The large identify on the checklist is probably going Zack Britton, who appeared in simply three video games with the New York Yankees final season. He has a profession 3.13 ERA and has 154 saves, however hasn’t been a better for a number of years.

The Cubs may additionally doubtlessly have a look at Brad Hand, who had a 2.80 ERA and 38 strikeouts with the Philadelphia Phillies final season, or Will Smith, who had a 3.97 ERA in 65 video games with the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros. 

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