The Cubs have stated several times they'll be in the market for a big-name pitcher, either this offseason or next. Most speculation has revolved around Oakland Athletics
left-hander Jon Lester
because of his ties to the Cubs' front office, which stem from the time both he and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spent in Boston. If they can't land Lester, the Cubs might wait until next offseason to find a No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher.