NBC Sports Chicago is evaluating some of the most pressing Cubs questions entering spring training. Next up: Can closer Craig Kimbrel bounce back in 2020?
Signing closer Craig Kimbrel looked like a no-brainer for the Cubs last season.
Locked in a free agent impasse, Kimbrel remained available into June, when the draft and bonus pool penalties attached to him were lifted. Meanwhile — with Brandon Morrow and Pedro Strop on the mend — the Cubs bullpen suffered numerous early season meldowns.
Morrow and Strop being on the shelf isn't the sole reason the bullpen struggled.