It’s not a new concept by any stretch, but the dearth of non-Ohtani news on the Cubs front means that Ken Rosenthal’s latest report about their bullpen search (subscription required/recommended) bears sharing. Quite fittingly, the Cubs stuff is buried under 700 words on Giancarlo Stanton and then separate sections on the Pirates, Phillies, and Royals.
Rosenthal eventually gets into the idea that the Cubs are targeting both Brandon Morrow and Mike Minor as potential options at closer should they be unable to bring Wade Davis back. But it might not be an either/or situation, Rosenthal writes.
Right-hander Brandon Morrow is one such target, lefty Mike Minor another, sources say. Both relievers enjoyed breakout seasons in 2017, and both are drawing interest from numerous clubs.
The Cubs, though, do not intend to add simply one reliever; they have multiple holes to fill.
Beyond Davis, the Cubs have to replace Koji Uehara, Brian Duensing, and Hector Rondon, the latter of whom was recently non-tendered. Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Wilson, Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop, and Justin Grimm — who was actually tendered a 2018 contract — are the holdovers, but none of them have proven reliable enough to …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider