Basically, if you’re a reliever that Michael is pining for, you’re going to sign with a team that isn’t the Cubs.
After the A’s non-tendered Blake Treinen, who was due a hefty raise in arbitration despite a deeply down 2019 season, we were hoping the Cubs would be among the teams targeting Treinen as a bounce-back candidate thanks to his incredible 2018 season. Unfortunately, so many teams were interested in Treinen once he hit free agency that he actually wound up getting a deal for more than he was projected to get in arbitration:
Right-hander Blake Treinen is in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $10 million deal, sources tell ESPN. Treinen had multiple offers in that range and chose the Dodgers.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
Gerrit Cole consolation prize, AMIRITE?! You could have Cole or you could have 32.4 Treinens. Choose your fighter. Go.
As for the Cubs, as much as they need an impact arm, they weren’t going to be spending $10 million on a reliever at this point anyway – especially for a guy who needs to bounce back. I expect them to linger in the back of the room, pouncing on cheaper deals for pitchers of all shapes and sizes, including guys like Collin McHugh, who could be a starter or a reliever if healthy.
In the meantime, the Cubs will also continue to consider impactful pitchers (starters and relievers) in trade.