The Cubs might want to add another starting pitcher, with the injury to Ted Lilly and the departure or Rich Harden. Here are some options that have been mention over the past weeks:
Jose Contreras: Bruce Levine keeps mentioning that the Cubs have talk to his agent about being a possible swing man in the rotation until Lilly comes back. Then he will go to the bullpen. In 2009 Contreras went 6-13 with a 4.92 era in 131.2 innings pitch. He pitch for the Rockies and the White Sox in that season. He also pitch in the rotation and out of the bullpen. I would only sign him a to a 1 year contract worth 1 million because he is old and not that good of a pitcher.
Jon Garland: Bruce Levine mention on Talkin Baseball yesterday that the Cubs have indeed talk to Garlands agent about a deal to play in Chicago in 2010. Garland will most likely be the 4th starting pitcher until Lilly comes back and if does a pretty decent job will be the 5th starter then. In 2009 Garland went 11-13 with a 4.01 era in 204 innings pitcher. He played for the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers in 2009. I would sign him a to a 1 year deal worth 2-3 million. He would be a good pitcher to come in and pitch for the Cubs at a reasonable price and do a decent job.
Ben Sheets: The Cubs have talk to his agent about coming to the Windy City to pitch in the rotation. Sheets who miss all 2009 with an arm injury is trying to make a come back. If he does he can be an ace on any team. He might also come at a reasonable price because of his arm injury. He is reportedly looking for 12 million a year right now and no team is willing to give that him. I would love the Cubs to sign Sheets to a 1 year deal worth 4-5 million a year with a team option for 2011 worth 7 million to see if he holds up.
Out of that group, I like Sheets the best but will only like the signing at a reasonable price. Then Garland at that price or a million more. I really don't like Contreras but at 1 million a year, i would do it. We just have to wait and see.
Tomorrow I will have relief pitching options if a Cubs story does not break.