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Cubs: Vazquez, Webb & Kazmir

By bullpenbrian - February 21, 2012 - 1:59 am 2 comments.

Starting pitchers Javier Vazquez, Brandon Webb and Scott Kazmir all remain unsigned this offseason.

Any one could be a nice addition to the Cubs rotation, which to this point, is only three deep in certainty–Dempster, Garza & Moholm.

With the Cubs keeping a heavy focus on signing starting pitching depth this offseason, there’s little reason to believe Vazquez, Webb or Kazmir wouldn’t be any less capable of winning one of the final two rotation spots than Randy Wells, Travis Wood, Andy Sonnastine, Chris Volstad or Jeff Samardzija.

The greater risk, however, is money. The collection of new Cubs arms this winter was done on the cheap.

Vazquez, Webb & Kazmir are hardly penny-wise investments, but presumably have an equal, if not greater chance of not only making the rotation, but of also making a difference once there.

Here’s why it may not be as dollar-foolish as you think for the Cubs to sign one of these three free agents:

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Cubs Hot Stove – Bonderman & Webb

By bullpenbrian - November 30, 2010 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

I like the idea of the Cubs going after Brandon Webb and Jeremy Bonderman.
Both these guys potentially give the Cubs that power-arm and innings eater they desperately need in the rotation.

Webb, 31, hasn’t pitched since Opening Day 2009 because of a shoulder injury. But his track record is brilliant having won 14, 16, 18 & 22 games since 2005. That includes the 2006 Cy Young Award and top three finishes in 2007-08.

The Cubs won’t get him on the cheap, but it’s likely Webb will sign for a short-term deal. If so, I think it’s in the Cubs favor to take a risk on a guy who could very well revert to his old form. Quite frankly, I think it’s a no-brainer.

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