What does the Tyler Chatwood signing mean for the Cubs’ pursuit of Shohei Otani or Alex Cobb?

The Cubs still need starting pitching.

The answer to the question posed in the headline is: “Nothing.”

Well, that’s not entirely true. Perhaps I should have said, “Probably nothing.”

The Cubs went into this offseason needing two starting pitchers, with the departure of Jake Arrieta and John Lackey via free agency. One thing the signing of Tyler Chatwood does likely mean is that we’ve seen the last of Jake in a Cubs uniform. That was something that was pretty obvious to me when the season ended, though I know some held out some hope for Jake’s return. But with Chatwood taking up $13 million worth of the Cubs’ payroll for 2018, it seems management has made the statement that they’re moving on without Jake. (Lackey was unlikely to return in any case and certainly won’t now.)

But the Cubs are still looking for one more starting pitcher. They’re still in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, until they’re told they’re not, and have been linked to former Rays starter Alex Cobb.

I don’t think the signing of Chatwood means anything toward the Cubs’ interest in those two pitchers. They can still be interested in both.

However, what it does likely mean …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

You may also like...