We all know about the Cubs’ interest in John Axford and Joba Chamberlain, but something that has been ignored is the Cubs solidifying their bullpen through a trade. On day one of the Winter Meetings it appears some names are being tossed around already.
So, lets learn a little bit of something about these two guys.
Storen is a 26 year old right hander who carries a career 3.40 ERA. He had a little bit of a down year last year for a mediocre Nationals team. Storen’s ERA inflated all the way up to 4.52 in 68 games pitched. Storen won 4 games and had a total of 24 holds as well. This is a player that has a lot of big time potential and would bolster a bullpen that was solid last year. He’s young and would fit right into the Cubs’ long term plans.
Clippard had a really good year with the Nats last year in a set up role. Clippard carried a 2.41 ERA into the offseason over 71 innings pitched. Like Storen, Clippard is young, he’s just 28 years old. He went 6-3 with 33 holds last season. One thing about him is he has been a consistent performer throughout his big league career. Clippard could also factor into the long term plans for the Cubs. He and Storen both have the ability to close out ball games and if the Cubs do acquire either of these players, they will challenge for the closer role.
I’m not sure what the Cubs will have to give up for these talented right handed relief pitchers, but I would say Nate Schierholtz would probably be thrown into that mix of names that would probably contain James Russell too.
Either way, if the Cubs can land one of these pitchers it will help their bullpen when the 2014 season comes around. Da Windy City will have more coverage as the winter meetings progress.