7 candidates to replace Pedro Strop as Cubs closer

Chicago Tribune
7 candidates to replace Pedro Strop as Cubs closer
7 candidates to replace Pedro Strop as Cubs closer

Who will manager Joe Maddon choose to be the new Cubs closer for the stretch run? “I have no idea because all of these guys are on fumes,” Maddon said Thursday. Pedro Strop's hamstring injury, suffered while running to first base in the victory over the Nationals, put the Cubs in an unexpected situation: trying to audition a new closer with 16 games left and the season on the line. Maddon has 13 relievers to choose from — or really seven if you discount the six he bypassed Thursday to try to get a third inning out of Strop. It's quite likely Maddon won't announce his plans, just as he never really announced Strop would be the closer when Brandon Morrow began his lengthy disabled-list stint in

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