Only two games back from the second wildcard spot, the Chicago Cubs bolstered their starting rotation in an attempt to make a playoff surge. Adding Dan Haren from the Miami Marlins is a solid play for a team with a need for a back of the rotation starter. With Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15- day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, the Cubs refused to sit idly by. With playoff aspirations still very much alive in the 2015 season, the up and coming team has proven it may be ready to shine – sooner rather than later.

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Projected as a future force in MLB, the Chicago Cubs are absolutely loaded with premier talent. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell lead the way for what could be perhaps the leagues greatest farm system, and contender for years to come. Rightfully so, Chicago has been a hot pick when it comes to 2016 and beyond. However, if the 2015 season does turn out to be the team’s first playoff appearance, it would come as quite a surprise.

Although the Cubs were a preseason “future” team to watch. Not many selected them as a contender in the present. Perhaps the team has matured more quickly than expected?

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2011 30 LAA AL 16 10 3.17 35 34 238.1 211 91 84 33 192 119 2.98 1.024 8.0 0.8 1.2 7.3
2012 31 LAA AL 12 13 4.33 30 30 176.2 190 95 85 38 142 88 4.24 1.291 9.7 1.4 1.9 7.2
2013 32 WSN NL 10 14 4.67 31 30 169.2 179 92 88 31 151 81 4.09 1.238 9.5 1.5 1.6 8.0
2014 33 LAD NL 13 11 4.02 32 32 186.0 183 101 83 36 145 89 4.09 1.177 8.9 1.3 1.7 7.0
2015 34 MIA NL 7 7 3.42 21 21 129.0 116 50 49 25 88 112 4.57 1.093 8.1 1.5 1.7 6.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/31/2015.

With the pick-up of Dan Haren, the Chicago Cubs have added a former all-star and experienced veteran. Choosing his location and pitch selection almost artfully, Haren truly knows how to pitch. He can fill a hole in the Cubs starting rotation and even be an asset as a leader in the club house. With so many youthful players and prospects looking to make their mark in the league, a veteran like Dan Haren should prove to be more than worth the price.

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