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: