With Ted Lilly rehabbing from surgery, with an empty fifth starter spot, and with Randy Wells coming out of nowhere last year, we’ve been saying for months that the 2010 Chicago Cubs could use another quality, established starting pitcher.

And from the sound of things, they’re actually getting on board with that notion.

Bruce Levine reported this weekend on his radio show that the Cubs have discussed, at least internally, signing free agent starting pitcher Jon Garland. Garland, 30, has not been the subject of many rumors this offseason, despite a solid 2009 campaign, split between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland was a former Cubs farmhand, and since becoming a full-time starter in 2002, he’s been above average and has averaged 200 innings pitched. It’s hard to find much better than that on the free agent market, and he would be a perfect fit for this Chicago Cubs team.

Garland is a Type B free agent, so he would not cost the Cubs a draft pick to sign. The Dodgers had a $10 million option on Garland for 2010, which suggests that he’ll receive something lower than that on the free agent market.

h/t CCO.

  • Butcher


    • Ace


  • Kevin Gallo

    WOuld rather them take the chase on Sheets bigger upside.

  • juniorbors

    I would rather go the sheets route as well. Maybe washburn.

    • Ace

      Washburn was utter garbage in the second half last year, and he wasn’t much better before the first half of 2009. Sheets would be swell, but I just don’t see how it works financially.

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover the Chicago Cubs.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.