The Cubs not only will pursue the best available starting pitcher — C.C. Sabathia? — but they also have shown interest in Rockies closer Brian Fuentes, a left-hander who would help reduce the late-inning load on righties Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood. Fuentes, a free agent at the end of the season, could fill a variety of roles — matchup specialist, setup man, closer — making him appealing to virtually every contender . . .
Food for thought. Fuentes would be an incredible addition to an already excellent bullpen. Sabathia is the only starter who could be available that I would sell the farm for without any reservations whatsoever.
Update: Per Northsider below, Rosenthal has backpedaled and now says the Cubs are not interested in Fuentes.