The Cubs aren’t looking for back-end-of-the-rotation help. They have those options. If they’re going to trade for another starter, it’s going to be for a guy who takes the mound in the postseason. We mentioned the Sonny Gray rumors, and on Friday the club was connected to Texas right-hander Yu Darvish. Darvish, who has a career average of 11.0 Ks per nine innings and a 3.45 ERA this season, would be a huge rotation addition as a short-term rental (he’s a free agent after the season).
If the Cubs decide to target pitchers with years of control remaining — remember, both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents after the season — it makes sense they’d be very interested in a couple AL East pitchers. Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer was once a Cubs farmhand; he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Chicago in the Mark DeRosa deal, then shipped from the Cubs to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal. If the Blue Jays decide to restructure, Marcus Stroman could be available for the right price, too.
The guy who held this role, Miguel Montero, forced his way out of that clubhouse (albeit unintentionally) with his comments about Jake Arrieta’s inability to hold runners on base. The Cubs called up rookie Victor Caratini to replace Montero, but he’s hit just .188 in his first taste of the majors. Starter Willson Contreras has shouldered the lion’s share of the playing time, starting 10 of the 11 games since Montero’s comments.
Orioles closer Zach Britton set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity. Britton, who has six saves this season, struck out two with a walk in his lone inning of work to close out a 9-7 win over the Astros.
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