Former Cubs Reliever Brandon Kintzler Reportedly Signs With Marlins

Former Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler
Former Cubs reliever Brandon Kintzler / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Another piece of the Cubs bullpen is heading elsewhere, and we have to wonder at what point the offseason will start for Theo Epstein and Co.

Brandon Kintzler pitched to a 2.68 ERA in 62 appearances last season. On Saturday night, Chicago let him walk to the Miami Marlins.

The value on this one-year prove-it deal is low enough that Cubs faithful ought to use it as just one example to throw in the face of their front office should they fall out of NL Central contention in 2020.

In Miami, Kintzler is likely to step back into the closer's role for the first time since 2017, where he had 28 saves and sub-3 ERA for the Minnesota Twins. Since then, he's been used in various setup roles for Washington and Chicago.

Kintzler's bounce-back 2019 campaign in Chicago was for naught, as the Cubs will move forward with an unproven 'pen to pair with a roster that, while competitive, has several question marks for the first time in recent memory.