The Cubs’ front office is exploring ways to add pitching to the big league team and have shown interest in right handed reliever Mitchell Boggs and right handed starter Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez is better known as Fausto Carmona from his days in Cleveland.
Reports on Wednesday morning indicated the Cubs had spoken to Miami about Logan Morrison but the Marlins sent Morrison to the Mariners for RHP Carter Capps. And the Cubs also lost a trading partner on Wednesday. The Nationals were reportedly interested in James Russell and the Cubs were eyeing Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen. The Nationals acquired the lefty reliever they were looking for from Oakland. Mike Rizzo landed former Cubs’ farmhand Jerry Blevins and sent speedster Billy Burns to Oakland.
Mitchell Boggs has been on the Cubs’ radar for quite awhile along with John Axford and Joba Chamberlain. Boggs is coming off a horrible season that saw him begin the year with the Cardinals before he was sent to the minors then to the Rockies. After posting a 4-1 record in 78 games with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 2012, Boggs was 0-3 last year in 27 combined games with the Cardinals and Rockies. Boggs turns 30 in February.
The pitcher formally known as Fausto Carmona spent the 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Rays. The now 33-year old right hander Roberto Hernandez posted a 6-13 record in 32 games, 24 starts, with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
The Cubs are trying to add at least one starting pitcher to the mix. The front office has met with Scott Baker’s agent and have been connected to Jason Hammel.