The Chicago Cubs’ bullpen isn’t an issue, but as people like to say, you can never have enough pitching and it appears that Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer thinks that way, as he recently told reporters that the team is actively looking for more pitching.
Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that the Cubs are looking for bullpen help, ideally a “lockdown left-handed setup man.”
One name that Levine mentions as a possible fit: New York Yankees left-handed setup man Andrew Miller.
Miller, 31, certainly fits the description of a “lockdown left-handed setup man,” as he has been absolutely brilliant this season, going 2-0 with six saves, a 1.25 ERA and a 40/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
It’s also worth noting that Miller and Cubs executive Theo Epstein have a connection, as both spent time together in Boston with the Red Sox.
Interest in both Miller and Aroldis Chapman figure to be significant once we get closer to the trade deadline. Most of the rumors surrounding relief pitching will be focused on those two. At least one of them should be in a different uniform by August 2.
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