The Cubs show interest in Chris Archer.
A few days back, I had read that the Cubs were interested in the right-handed pitcher from Tampa Bay. Archer who didn’t seem to have any direction last year posting average numbers aside from his strikeouts in which he was 5th and had 233 SO. Everything else seemed to be middle of the pack numbers. His stat line for the 2016 season; 9-19, 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .238 BAA, 233 SO, 201.1 IP. Not numbers you are going to be comfortable with if you’re trying to sign a pitcher. Maybe there could be room for improvement in the offseason and maybe see a Jake Arrieta type year from Archer. It’s an interesting idea to sign him, me myself, I’m not too fond of the idea.
I think the Cubs should go after Charlie Blackmon, center fielder from the Colorado Rockies. He seems to be a perfect fit for the Cubs, posting very impressive numbers offensively. He could possibly be there to hit in case Jason Heyward hits the way he did in the previous year. .324 AVG, 29 HR, 82 RBI’s, 111 R, .381 OBP, .552 SLG, .933 OPS. Impressive numbers. He has similar numbers that Dexter Fowler would put up. With Fowler leaving, Blackmon could be the perfect fit for the leadoff spot. With Blackmon in the leadoff spot that could leave Ben Zobrist in the number two spot. With his consistency to get on base, it could add a lot of fire power at the very front of their lineup. My opinion, I would say try and acquire Blackmon. Keeping Mike Montgomery in the bullpen is a big mistake in my eyes. He can have a major impact on the starting rotation, a lot more of an impact than Archer would have.