Chicago Cubs Rumors: 3 Potential Relief Pitchers the Cubs Could Acquire Via Trade

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 04/20/17 12:56PM EDT

The Chicago Cubs are not having the best start in the 2017 MLB season, as they have only compiled an 8-7 record in the first two weeks. It's too early to hit the panic button and they are doing just fine but they still need to improve their bullpen.

The Cubs bullpen is anchored by closer Wade Davis and he is backed up by relievers such as Hector Rondon, Koji Uehara, Brian Duensing, Justin Grimm, Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. Davis is the only dependable reliever at the moment and they could use another bullpen arm.

According to Benjamin A. Martin of, the Cubs have a trade chip on their roster. He noted that third baseman Jeimer Candelario could be used to acquire a top reliever before the trade deadline. Here are the three potential reliever targets for the Cubs.

David Robertson, CL - Chicago White Sox

Robertson is one of the top relievers linked to many trade rumors this past offseason. The White Sox are in rebuilding mode and they could get a nice haul in exchange for the 30-year-old righty. The cross-town rivals don't like each other but they will benefit from the potential Robertson-for-Candelario swap.

Daniel Hudson, SU - Pittsburgh Pirates

Hudson is a former starter that was ravaged by elbow injuries, but he has since recovered as a reliever for the Pirates. He finished with a 5.22 ERA last season, but he was dominant in some stretches, making him a great addition to the Cubs. The Pirates could also blow it out if they continue to plummet without suspended outfielder Starling Marte.

Jason Grilli, SU - Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are expected to start a firesale if they continue their terrible start to the season, per ESPN. One of their trade chips is Grilli, who is a veteran reliever on a cheap deal. He has been consistent in the past several years that were highlighted by an All-Star selection in 2013.

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