I’m going to pause the “Cubs target” series next week during the Winter Meetings, because I figure there will be enough baseball news to discuss here, as well as potentially some Cubs signings and/or trades.
I did want to make one post in this series heading into the weekend about a lefthander who might be a bit under-the-radar, but someone who might really be a big help to the Cubs bullpen.
Brent Suter has been a quality lefthanded reliever in the National League since 2016. After trying him first as a starter, the Brewers deployed him quite successfully as a reliever from 2019-22. Cumulatively for those four seasons, Suter posted a 3.08 ERA and 1.168 WHIP in 140 games (five starts) and 190 innings. He struck out 175 and walked only 52 in those innings, both good ratios.
The Brewers put him on waivers after the 2022 season and he was claimed by the Rockies. He had a pretty good year in Colorado, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.298 WHIP, good for 0.8 bWAR.
Suter spent a lot of his career tormenting Cubs hitters. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.155 WHIP in 29 games against the Cubs, with 46 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 innings, with just two home runs allowed.
I think Suter could be a useful multi-inning reliever for the Cubs. Beyond his good numbers, obviously new Cubs manager Craig Counsell is quite familiar with Suter and could deploy him in situations that could be best for both him and the team.
Here are six minutes’ worth of Suter highlights from 2023:
Suter is 34. He made $3 million in 2023. He wouldn’t be expensive. I’d be willing to give him a two-year, $6 million deal. I think the Cubs will be looking at him because of the Counsell connection.
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... the Cubs should sign him to a deal like the one proposed in the article
... the Cubs should sign him, but for a different deal in years or dollars or both
... the Cubs should not sign him
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