^^ They also left another LHP unprotected, Zach Warren. He pitched in the AFL last year, has allowed 4(!!!) HRs in nearly 150 pro innings with 220+...Just seems like there's a match there...among BOR and/or bullpen LHP depth they're at: Morgan, Alvarez, Irvin, Romero, Cleavinger, Jones, Suarez, Dohy, Sanchez, and Falter on their 40...plus Erik Miller their 2019 first round pick isn't so far behind
ZiPs have been pretty positive on the Royals and Blue Jays pitchers I'd like to see the Cubs try and land:https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2021-zips-p ... ty-royals/
Overall, unlike the lineup, ZiPS does like some of the young talent here. Whereas the computer only has a single position player under 25 passing the five-win mark, it sees Kris Bubic, Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, and Ronald Bolaños, along with Hernández, passing that threshold and projects 11 pitchers overall to finish their major-league careers above replacement-level should they get the opportunity. Between Bolaños and Cordero, ZiPS thinks the Royals acquired 10 WAR (pre-free agency) for Tim Hill, which is a solid return.
Richard Lovelady also has a decent projection. Also notable is that Lucius Fox and Nicky Lopez, two players I would not mind on the 2021 bench as backup SS/IF (Lopez hits LH, Fox is a switch hitter), both have positive projections and are glove first guys with speedhttps://blogs.fangraphs.com/2021-zips-p ... blue-jays/
For the Blue Jays...Ryan Borucki, Sean Reid-Foley, and Simeon Woods-Richardson (of interest in a bigger trade like Contreras or, I guess, Bryant) all had positive projections. ZiPs thinks Woods-Richardson would hold his own in the MLs despite never pitching above High A, which maybe lines up with the baseball world being flatter
It’s interesting to wonder whether the deep-pocketed Cohen is facing stiffer-than-usual headwinds in his rookie offseason
Super relatable heroic underdog, fresh faced and green, rookie NYC MLB franchise owner, Steve-y Cohen, is having more trouble than expected completing his baseball brain trust. You hate to see any bump in the road for this guy, hope he can reach down deep into his thousands of millions of dollars to find someone willing to GM his ATM