According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are “doing background work on a dozen or so starting pitchers” the front office could acquire through trades. And the Cubs have talked to the Braves about RHP Julio Teheran and RHP Shelby Miller.
The Cubs have been linked to the Braves and Teheran since the trade deadline. The Cubs reported interest in Shelby Miller is a new addition to the list of pitchers the front office has discussed with other teams.
Shelby Miller had a very good season on a bad Braves’ team. Miller was acquired from the Cardinals last year for Jason Heyward and posted a 6-17 record in 33 starts with a 3.02 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Miller allowed 82 runs, 69 earned runs, on 183 hits with 73 walks and 171 strikeouts in 205 1/3 innings. Miller is arbitration eligible for the first time and has three years of team control left before he becomes a free agent.
Ken Rosenthal’s report falls in line with Jed Hoyer saying last week the Cubs had pretty serious talks with 12-15 teams during the GM Meetings.
The Cubs have been connected to the Padres, Indians and Braves for the better part of six months. Those three teams have controllable, young starting pitching they are willing to deal for position players. The Indians and Braves reportedly covet Jorge Soler while the Padres have shown interest in both Javier Baez and Starlin Castro.
The Cubs are believed to be interested in RHP Carlos Carrasco and RHP Danny Salazar from the Indians, RHP Julio Teheran and RHP Shelby Miller from the Braves and RHP Tyson Ross from the Padres. Reports have also suggested the Cubs have talked to the Padres about Andrew Cashner but with only one season left before Cashner becomes a free agent, he might not fit what the front office is looking to acquire this winter.
There are about a half dozen names of starting pitchers the Cubs have looked into that have yet to surface from reliable sources.