By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Cubs have made another bullpen move.
Theo Epstein has brought back reliever Brian Duensing on a two-year, seven million dollar deal as reported by Jon Heyman. The 34-year old south paw reliever will help solidify depth in the pen as he can come in big situations or pitch full innings if needed.
He is coming off a surprising career-year in 2017. Last season he pitched to a 2.74 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 1.22 WHIP in 62.1 innings. He reportedly had multiple offers coming from other teams that were offering more money, but he chose to stay with the Cubs. Duensing will now share the pen with the likes of Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek as well reuniting with Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. Justin Grimm, Mike Montgomery and Dillon Maples.
Looking at the pen on paper, it looks good. Hopefully Edwards Jr. will find consistency and Grimm can bounce back. Morrow and Cishek are the top candidates for closer as of right now, and Duensing can fill a number of roles when needed. We say him come in to play matchups, clean up situations or just eat an inning or two. His versatility is nice to have, especially since Montgomery’s role is up in the air right now.
This is a very nice bring back for the Cubs pen.