The Chicago Cubs made several signings in the winter to strengthen and consolidate themselves as one of the contenders to win the 2018 World Series, but two of their most important signings, Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood have lived up to the hype so far this season.
That's where the name of Drew Smyly begins to appear as a hope for the Chicago team, who also signed as a backup during the offseason.
The player signed for a 2 seasons contract and 10 million dollars after not playing in 2017, after he had a Tommy John surgery.
According to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, the player is already having live batting practices and this would be the final part of his rehabilitation after the surgery, and general manager Jed Hoyer was clear that the improvement of the player will be key to the decisions of the Cubs and the possibilities of making changes.
He will be at the bottom of our minds as we think about the rest of our season and how we approach both deadlines for change in July and August.
Smyly made 30 starts in the 2016 season for a 4.88 ERA. In the 5 seasons in his career his effectiveness is 3.74.