According to reports from both SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (who doesn’t even know about whom he’s tweeting) and ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the Cubs have chosen to tender a contract to Justin Grimm. This comes as a bit of a surprise, particularly after they opted not to tender a contract to former closer Hector Rondon, whose inconsistency and projected $6.2 million salary simply didn’t fit with the team’s future plans.
Even though Grimm’s 2017 performance left a lot to be desired and he’s now all out of those all-important minor league options, his mere $2.4 million projection was much more palatable.
Grimm’s tenure with the Cubs has been a tumultuous roller-coaster filled with peaks, valleys, and nauseating loops. When Grimm was at his peak, few batters could touch his explosive fastball/ diving curveball combination. At his worst, though, not even Grimm’s catcher knew where his pitches were going, and any pitch near the zone — four-seamers in particular — was spanked over Wrigley’s ivy-covered outfield wall.
The wild inaccuracy of Grimm’s fastball caused Cubs coaches, executives, and fans headaches throughout his most recent two seasons. Prior to that, the fastball had been a big part …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider