The Chicago Cubs are entering the MLB offseason hoping to make some improvements to their roster in order to make another World Series run. One of those improvements will have to be to the bullpen, which was incredibly inconsistent last season, especially in the playoffs.
Theo Epstein has quite a few options to improve the bullpen. Wade Davis may be on his way out of town, which would be a major setback for the Cubs, but there are quite a few free agents that would fit well with the Cubs.
According to a report from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Cubs are showing interest in free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 6, 2017
Kintzler would be a huge addition for the Cubs. He would add a veteran arm for Joe Maddon to use and is coming off of a solid season with the Washington Nationals. There aren’t many relievers in free agency that would be better fits for the Cubs than Kintzler.
Last season with the Nationals and Minnesota Twins, Kintzler posted a 3.03 ERA to go along with 29 saves. There is a chance that Epstein and the Cubs could be targeting Kintzler to be their next closer if Davis does decide to head elsewhere.
At 33 years of age, Kintzler still has a few good years left in him. Chicago would be wise to offer him a two or three-year deal at the right price. Maddon could use as many quality, veteran arms as he can get in the pen.
Outside of the Cubs, there are plenty of teams with interest signing Kintzler. Two other teams that have been reported to have interest in Kintzler are the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies.
If the Cubs are able to sign Kintzler, he would immediately become one of their most trusted relievers. Epstein would like to bring Davis back, but adding a piece like Kintzler would give Chicago a “Plan B” kind of option.
Expect to hear plenty more news about Kintzler and the Cubs in the coming week or two. Don’t be surprised if Epstein and company find a way to get a deal done with him in the near future.