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Could Dillon Maples Really Get a Shot at Closer?

In a series of otherwise innocuous bullets in Jon Heyman’s Cubs notes from Thursday lie what could be considered a bombshell. Or maybe it’s a landmine. I don’t want to go so far as to say the openings on the pitching staff are fungible, but there exists no shortage of options for middle relief and the rotation. Closer, though, that’s not such an easy role to fill.

It’s expected that the Cubs will pursue Wade Davis, but they went ahead and extended a qualifying offer to him as a means of hedging their bets against his possible departure. Heyman mentions, and he’s not the first to do so, that the Cubs might also look into erstwhile Royals and Rockies closer Greg Holland. However, the Rockies have extended a QO of their own to Holland and are expected to pursue a longer deal with him.

That leaves the Cubs, who lack a reliable in-house stopper, with the very real possibility of missing out on the top two closers on the market. Except…wait, did he say?

…someone familiar with [the Cubs] system said he believes prospect Dillon Maples could be a candidate for a back-end spot …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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