The Chicago Cubs are still the best team in baseball despite the recent struggles of their bullpen. It’s not the time to panic but the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Cubs are still looking to add another reliever.
Some of the names linked with the Cubs in the past couple of weeks include a trio of relievers from the New York Yankees. Chicago recently sent scout Jason Parks to New York to watch Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Cubs president Theo Epstein admitted that he would “love” to add another arm to their bullpen. However, he made it clear that they are not worried about the struggles of their bullpen lately.
“When they give up runs, it becomes almost a perceived crisis. But bullpens give up runs. The best bullpens give up runs over the course of the season. Right now we have a couple of guys searching for it. Not everyone is locked in down there, but it’s something we may continue to monitor,” Epstein said.
“Every team would love to add an impact reliever at some point. But I don’t think you’re going to see us react to situations when relievers are going through a little downtrend,” he added.
According to MLB Daily Dish, the Cubs will likely acquire either Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees. Both are lights out left-handed pitchers with Chapman being a little better. However, he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and he may end up being a rental.
It should be noted that Toronto Blue Jays reliever Drew Storen is also on the trading block while no other names are part of MLB rumors. The Cubs are the favorites to win the World Series but an additional bullpen arm will increase their chances.
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