The Chicago Cubs went into 2018 with a lockdown closer ready to go in Brandon Morrow. Morrow was solid when he was healthy, but down the stretch, the Cubs bullpen was thin. Should the team spend big on a proven closer this offseason?
The Chicago Cubs have not spent big on closers since Theo Epstein arrived.
In 2015, they relied on Hector Rondon, who was lights-out that season, helping power them through the playoffs, as well. In 2016, they traded for Aroldis Chapman at the deadline but chose not to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason. Instead, they traded for Wade Davis, who dominated throughout the following season.
They could have signed Davis as a free agent last offseason, but instead, they went for the less expensive option in Brandon Morrow, who they signed to a two-year, $21 million deal with a team option for 2020.
So should the Cubs go against recent precedent and sign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel this offseason? Signs point to ‘no’.