Although the Cubs’ rotation looked like it could be an area of strength coming into 2011, injuries and ineffectiveness have decimated it. With Randy Wells missing about 10 starts and Andrew Cashner falling to a rotator cuff injury in his first start of the season,, the Cubs have been forced to shuffle starters the whole season. The Cubs have given starts to 10 different pitchers this season, including such luminaries as Rodrigo Lopez and Ramon Ortiz.
Things have gotten so dire for the Cubs that they signed Dave Bush to a minor league contract today. The same Dave Bush who accrued a total of 0.4 Wins Above Replacement over the last three seasons between Milwaukee and Texas. Dave Bush is among the replacements for former Brewer Doug Davis, who made nine starts for the Cubs with a 6.50 ERA (although a decent 3.80 FIP, very similar to Davis’s line for the Brewers last season).
That makes the third member of those atrocious 2009 and 2010 Brewers rotations the Cubs have signed this year. They also signed Braden Looper in the offseason, but mercifully (at least for them), Looper, who compiled a staggering -0.9 WAR in 2009 and gave up a whopping 39 home runs (yet somehow stumbled his way to a 14-7 record) didn’t make the team out of spring training.
Now all they need to do is trade for Jeff Suppan.