Chicago Cubs free agent target: Brandon Kintzler
16 December, 2017 03:05AM
The Chicago Cubs have an opening at the back end of their bullpen for the second year in a row. Last off-season they filled that hole by trading former top prospect Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for closer Wade Davis. This off-season Davis is a free agent after rejecting the team’s qualifying offer, so Henrik Lundqvist Youth Jersey there is a chance that he may not return to the team next year. Because of that the Cubs are exploring the market for alternative options, and there is a guy out Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey there that would make sense for the team.Brandon Kintzler is an 8-year major league veteran who has done well with inducing groundballs over his career, owning a 57.7% groundball rate over the entirety of his professional career. During his time in the big leagues A.J. Green Youth Jersey he has proven to be a quality arm out of the bullpen, owning a career 3.26 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. His 2017 season was right on track with his career totals, and was named to the American League All-Star team as he put up a 3.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 29 saves while splitting time between the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals. Almost all of Russell Wilson Jersey Womens those saves (28) came in the first half of the season when he was with the Twins, as he stepped into their closer role.His first 6 seasons in the show were spent with the Milwaukee Brewers, so he is very familiar with the teams in the NL Central and has pitched well in that group of stadiums. He has very strong ERA and WHIP numbers in all five current NL Central stadiums, with the “worst” of those numbers being a 3.69 ERA in Miller Park (his home park for 6 years) and a 1.54 WHIP at Great American Ballpark. Kintzler’s career totals at Wrigley Field have been very impressive, albeit in a limited sample size. In 11 appearances at the Friendly Confines (covering 9.2 innings of work) he owns a 1.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and has struck out twice as many batters than he has walked (6 K’s, 3 BB’s).Kintzler’s ability to keep the ball on the ground would play very well with the group of defenders the Cubs have in the infield, and help keep his solid numbers at Wrigley going strong. Shortstop Addison Russell and second baseman/utility infielder Javier Baez have proven that they can get to almost any ball hit near them, and corner infielders Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are plus defenders on the edges as well. As I mentioned with the signing of their newest member Tyler Chatwood, on days where the wind is blowing out of Wrigley Field having a guy that can keep the ball on the ground will be exactly what the team will need to limit any offensive damage.If he were to play just to his career averages, the 33-year-old reliever would be a great addition to the Cubs’ bullpen and would also be a solid candidate to take over as the team’s closer if they are unable to retain the services of Wade Davis. His ability to keep the ball on the ground and limit damage against him is a big plus. Kintzler is a player that the Cubs should give serious consideration to, before another team snatches him up.
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