If it’s one thing that the Cubs organization likes doing it’s signing players that might be down on their luck, or just coming off bad seasons/injuries. The latest example of that philosophy happened today as the Cubs signed right handed relief pitcher Aaron Crow to a minor league deal. Crow (29) did some solid work out of the Royals bullpen from 2011 – 2013 before being acquired by the Miami Marlins. The ground ball specialist struggled in 2014, I would think a lot of that had to do with a drop in velocity, and subsequent Tommy John surgery.
Definitely a no lose situation here for the Cubs as they look to solidify their bullpen as camp opens. The bullpen battle is definitely something to keep an eye on as the spring progresses, there are a number of talented arms in said race. If Crow can prove to be healthy, and see an uptick in velocity then there is no reason to think that he won’t be a major player in the Cubs’ pen. Quite possibly at the back of the bullpen as well because you really can never have too many bullpen arms.
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Crow probably won’t be available until June.