There is hope the Chicago Cubs will pursue Tyler Glansow in a trade. The problem is the Tampa Bay Rays always seem to win the trade. Plus, Glansow has an injury history.
Glasnow, who will be 30 during the 2024 season, is also in the final year of his contract which will pay him $25 million.
If the Cubs are going to try to acquire a rental starting pitcher, then Bieber would make more sense since he will be 29 during the 2024 season and is projected to get $12.2 million during his final season of arbitration.
He is might be available since the Cleveland Guardians always have pitching depth and do not want to lose him for nothing.
Bieber is a former AL Cy Young winner and two-time All-Star.
He posted a 3.80 ERA, 3.87 FIP, and a 1.23 WHIP last season. He pitched in only 21 games as he missed time with elbow inflammation.
Bieber still finished as a 2.1 fWAR player. That is similar production and value to what Marcus Stroman put up for the Cubbies last season.
Much like acquiring Soto, the Cubs’ front office could use the season to try and convince Bieber to sign an extension. Imagine a rotation of Justin Steele, Shane Bieber, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto if he decides to sign with the Chicago Cubs.
Then picture the 2025 rotation if Ohtani decides to come to the Northside and Bieber also decides to stay. That would be a World Series-winning rotation for years to come right there.