As the Cubs Convention is in full swing, the Cubs made two under-the-radar moves to add depth to the roster.
It’s not a major move, but Sadler provides another possible arm for the bullpen. With the departures of Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler and Steve Cishek, the Cubs need arms in their pen. The only certainties heading into the 2020 season are Kyle Ryan, Rowan Wick, and Craig Kimbrel.
Aside from the addition of Sadler, the Cubs also added to their catching depth by signing Josh Phegley to a minor-league contract.
Phegley played last season with the Oakland Athletics. The 31-year-old catcher had his best offensive season last year with the A’s, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 62 runs. He also appeared in 106 games last season.
If nothing else, this moves provides insurance in case of a Contreras/Caratini injury, or, if Contreras is dealt, Phegley could back up Caratini as the Cubs’ number two catcher in 2020.
It remains to be seen what the plans are for both of these additions, but from the sounds of things at the convention, the Cubs are not done.