Top 5 Free Agents the Chicago Cubs Should Sign

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Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Tyler Clippard

In this day and age of the game of baseball, the bullpen has never been more important. More often than not teams are shortening games by acquiring multiple late inning relievers that are capable of closing. The free-agent class for relief pitchers is pretty bare this winter, but Tyler Clippard is one name that stands out.

Clippard has the ability to get left-handers and right-handed batters out effectively. He has closed out games before and if the Cubs truly want to take their team into a new level, the bullpen must be fortified. The team has already been linked to names like Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel. It remains to be seen if the team can acquire said talent, but Clippard is a modestly priced alternative.

The 30-year-old relief pitcher owns a career 2.88 ERA and has 53 career saves. He went 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA last season with Oakland and the New York Mets. Clippard has also been remarkably durable pitching in at least 69 games for six straight years. Clippard made just over $8 million dollars last season and will get a two or three-year deal in that range from somebody. That’s chump change when it comes down to playoff time and you need reliable relievers in the bullpen. The Cubs should be all in on him.

One Response

  1. Rqdbears

    James, right now the Cubs don’t have the ability to spend money you think like a big market team. In the purchase of the Cubs in 2010, the Ricketts, in order to get a lower purchase price and some tax breaks of their own, agreed to terms that would restrict what they could spend until 2019. They can only spend annually on baseball salaries what they generate in revenue plus 5 or 10% at most. The have to stay within certain debt ratios (deterrent revenue and costs), so that former owner Sam Zell can get a huge tax write off annually until 2019. So, the Cubs, in essence have a type of salary cap that no other team in MLB has.
    Now, they generate a lot of revenue, but to generate enough under the current sale contract restrictions to spend like a typical large market team and get multiple high priced free agents in any given year, they would have to get one of those huge, new TV deals, or start their own Cable channel/ network. Unfortunately, they are currently under contract with Comcast SportsNet until 2019. So, the Ricketts can’t spend whatever they want until then, even if they wanted to. Of course, they willingly put themselves in this predicament for business and financial reasons.
    So, they don’t publicize the situation much, because it is difficult to comprehend and would just tick off the fan base. Comcast also has no interest in clarifying the situation, as they would fear becoming the target of public pressure to redo their TV deal before the current one expires in 2019, to “help the Cubs out.”


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