Monday, January 4, 2010

Cubs Relief Pitching Options...

Yesterday I did Starting Pitching options, today I will do relief pitching options that have been mention over the past weeks:

Kiko Calero: Bruce Levine has reported that the Cubs have been watching 35-year old Calero, to come in and pitch out of the bullpen. He would most likely just be another arm in the bullpen and not be the closer or set-up. But the Cubs are hesitant to sign him because of past injuries and don't want to give money to a guy who might not pitch all season due to injury. In 2009 Calero went 2-2 with a 1.95 era in 60 innings. He pitched for the Marlins last season. I would give him a 1 year deal worth 2-3 million with incentives. Like games pitch and innings thrown.

Jason Frasor: He is not a free agent but a Toronto Blue Jay. Levine reported in an article that the Cubs have ask the Blue Jays about the 32 year old pitcher. In 2009 he went 7-3 with a 2.50 era in 57.2 innings pitch. I would trade Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot for Frasor. Here's why: Frasor is still arbitration eligible and will make about 2-3 million in 2010, on the other hand Marshall and Fontenot will make 2-3 million each in 2010 and this will save the Cubs a couple million to spend this offseason. Also in the same report, Levine says the Cubs talk about other relief pitchers of the Jays but did not mention any other names.

Those are the only names that have been really mention over weeks.

Side Note 1: Baseball Insider Ken Rosenthal, thinks the Cubs will end up with pitcher Ben Sheets but does not know for how much. Wouldn't that be awesome.

Side Note 2: Happy Birthday to Ted Lilly. Lilly is turning 34 today.

Tomorrow I will have outfield options if no big story breaks on the Cubs but that seems very unlikely.

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