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Cubs' next chapter starts with Heuer's arrival vs. Nats

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It won't be long before we start to see what the Cubs got back in a flurry of moves made before Friday's trade deadline.

The Cubs added reliever Codi Heuer to the 26-man roster before Saturday's game against the Nationals.

Heuer, acquired with Nick Madrigal from the White Sox in exchange for Craig Kimbrel, is available out of the bullpen Saturday.

Heuer and Madrigal are the only two players the Cubs acquired in over a half dozen trades before Friday's deadline with big-league experience. Madrigal is out for the season with a torn right hamstring.

Heuer had a strong 2020 debut season, turning in a 1.52 ERA in 21 relief appearances, striking out 25 in 23 2/3 innings. He's had a tougher go around this season, holding a 5.12 ERA in 40 appearances.

"I know he’s had some success, had some real success. Big arm," manager David Ross said Saturday. "Struggled a little bit this year against lefties, and there’s some things we identified internally where we feel like we can impact him and continue to have his career grow.

"I think it’s a real arm that can get real outs for us. This is a big-time arm, somebody that has had some success in the big leagues that we feel can be sustainable."

The White Sox were high on the right-hander with upper-90s fastball velocity. Former teammate Aaron Bummer billed him as a potential future closer.

Of course, the Cubs have a vacancy in that role with the trade of Kimbrel, and other high-leverage arms in Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera.

 

"I probably won’t go full closer," Ross said of his revamped bullpen. "I think we’ll try to navigate the biggest pockets where we feel guys fit and biggest moments and try to get to that — make sure we keep ourselves in the game early on, trying to stop moments.

"It’ll be a work in progress. But I’ve got some thoughts more on that scenario than just having an identified closer."

Heuer will wear jersey No. 12, last donned by Kyle Schwarber in 2020.

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