And just like that, the Cubs have a new pitcher. Now the question becomes whether Eddie Butler will pitch for the Cubs in 2017 or 2018. With one option left, the Cubs could stash him in Iowa all year and work on his repertoire for later when the contracts of Jake Arrieta and John Lackey both end. Or, he could compete for a spot in the 5th or 6th spot this year.
The soon to be 26-year-old struggled with command issues upon arrival in the big leagues. Then again, pitching in Coors Field is enough to miss with any pitcher. On the other hand, Butler has electric stuff. He has a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and two average pitches in an upper 80s/low 90s slider and a changeup. Hopefully, the Cubs and pitching coach Chris Bosio can make some positive adjustments to the former top 50 prospect from the Rockies.
In exchange, the Rockies get minor league reliever James Farris who had a great second half in 2016 as well as a dominating Arizona Fall League. The two teams also swapped IFA slots with the Rockies getting about $225,000 more for their pool. The Cubs DFA’d reliever Dylan Floro to make room on the 40 man roster for Butler.
I like this deal as the Cubs get a young, controllable starter that they may need next year. The best part, in my opinion, is they still have a year to help him get his mojo back.