3 Moves That Can Fix the Cubs' Early-Season Issues

Mike Esposito
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The Chicago Cubs are off to a disastrous start in 2019 and it could end up being a long season for them if they don't turn things around soon. Luckily, there are a couple of free agents and a minor tweak that could get Chicago back to its winning ways.

Here are three moves the Cubs can make in order remedy their early-season woes.

1. Sign Craig Kimbrel

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The Cubs' bullpen has been lit up like a Christmas tree in the early going, especially in the ninth inning, blowing all three save opportunities they've had this season. Bringing in Craig Kimbrel would shore up the ninth inning for the Cubbies and, once Brandon Morrow returns, provide a powerful one-two punch in the late innings.

2. Sign Dallas Keuchel

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As is the case with the bullpen, Chicago's starting rotation is in complete disarray, sporting a collective 5.46 ERA to start the season. Bringing in a former Cy Young winner like Keuchel will go a long way in strengthening the Cubs' rotation and would keep Jose Quintana in the bullpen as the long man the club is lacking.

3. Have Kyle Schwarber Permanently Hit Fifth in the Order

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Schwarber and Wilson Contreras have been taking turns hitting fifth in Chicago's batting order, but keeping Schwarber there permanently could be one thing to help get this team back on track this season. The 26-year-old slugger owns an impressive 1.313 OPS and has notched all three of his RBI's this season from the five spot in the order.

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