Cubs Again Linked to Projected $110 Million Starter Who ‘Still Makes Sense’

There is a simple reason why free agent lefty Jordan Montgomery has been linked to the Cubs so frequently. It's because the signing makes a lot of baseball sense.

This season, the North Siders have a chance to win the N.L. Central, especially because one of the division's other favorites, the Reds, has suffered a series of injuries. The Central title and a playoff position are up for grabs.

However, pitching depth is one of the issues that could hold the Cubs back this season, and Montgomery would readily answer that question.

 Jameson Taillon, the injured No. 2 player, would have to recover swiftly. Shota Imanaga must build on his spring performance and sustain it throughout the season.

Oh, and the Cubs must build a solid back end of the rotation, with Jordan Wicks and Javier Assad taking the first look at the 4-5 places.

Montgomery is effectively insurance against the Cubs failing to meet any of these standards. That's why, according to The Athletic's Patrick Mooney, Montgomery "still makes sense" for the Cubs.

Mooney also cited team president Jed Hoyer as stating, "We're still having conversations," as the team prepares to leave Arizona, which no doubt perked up some ears in Chicago. 

Montgomery's signature would change things rapidly. That makes sense. However, it remains extremely unlikely. However, Hoyer added that the roster is unlikely to change.

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