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Cubs have done background work on All-Star closer


by - Senior Editor -

The Cubs will probably let Aroldis Chapman walk after his hefty asking price of $100 million so Epstein and the management will look for other viable options at closer.

According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have done their homework on Dodgers star closer Kenley Jansen.

"The Cubs have done background work on free-agent closer Kenley Jansen, but their inquiries appear more a matter of due diligence than the foundation of a serious pursuit," Rosenthal said.

In 2016, Jensen had a 1.83 ERA with 47 saves, 103 strikeouts, and 0.63 WHIP. He was also named as an All-Star and the best reliever with the Trevor Hoffman Award this past season.

Regardless, if the Cubs go shopping for a closer in the offseason, they still have in-house options Hector Rondon, Carl Edwards Jr., and Pedro Strop ready.

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