The Chicago Cubs should try to add these bullpen arms…
Josh Hader is going to be tied to the Chicago Cubs since he closed a ton of games for Craig Counsell. The lefty is one of the most dominant closers in the game with 30 or more saves during the four full seasons he has been a closer.
Although his 2022 season was shaky, he helped the San Diego Padres get to the NLCS after the Brewers traded him there.
It would be a lot of money to give to a position where the Cubs are set with Adbert Alzolay. Then again, if they can convince Hader to go back to being a multi-inning bullpen weapon, the Cubs will get a ton of value.
Will Smith gets late inning-outs and wins the World Series. He has been on the last three World Series-winning teams.
Brent Suter is a crafty bullpen arm who can also make a spot-start. He has one of the weakest fastballs in the game, but he is great at deception with the rest of his pitches.
Hector Noris is a dominant bullpen arm that projects to cost around $7 million.
The Chicago Cubs do not need to make headline-grabbing moves. They need to plug the holes on their roster that cost them a chance at making the postseason.
The bullpen failing to protect leads was a big reason for that. The lack of pop from first and third base was another. After Marcus Stroman started to struggle, the rotation was another reason.
Upgrading those areas is how the Chicago Cubs will win the offseason. Then hopefully that leads to wins on the field.