Teams try out all kinds of ideas this time of year, and the Chicago Cubs are no exception.
Still, this is not a rumor I was expecting to see:
#Cubs are actively exploring a trade for one of the top closers, baseball sources say.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 5, 2015
Sure, I believe the Cubs could benefit from adding a sure-fire arm to the bullpen (in addition to the mix-and-match approach with less costly pieces, which they’ve worked so well the last few years). But trading for a “top closer”? I didn’t see that coming.
Which is not to say I wouldn’t approve – there are certain arms (Aroldis Chapman, for example) that I believe are undervalued in this game. Of course, a guy like Chapman, with just one year left before free agency, would cost a significant amount.
Then, of course, you have the issue of the Cubs already having a great “closer” in Hector Rondon. That doesn’t preclude them adding another – Joe Maddon is plenty competent to navigate that mine field – but seeking out a “closer”, specifically, is odd. Perhaps Crasnick just means a top bullpen arm, and most of the available guys tend to be closers.
This is an interesting rumor that’ll take a little time to digest. We’ll see if more pops up.