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Chicago Cubs Seeking Pitching This Winter: Five Guys Who Fit The Bill
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Colorado's Jorge de la Rosa has more than a strikeout per inning pitched since the start of 2009.

Beginning at about the end of the Lou Piniella era on August 22, rumors began to swirl about the Chicago Cubs' intention to sign at least one free-agent starting pitcher this offseason. Despite rampant and persistent whispers that the team will try to trade starter Carlos Zambrano, a deal does not appear likely—and would be a colossal mistake, anyway.

Therefore, the team's hefty payroll obligations will prevent Chicago from bidding aggressively on on the market's lone superstar, Rangers ace left-hander Cliff Lee. Nor, it would appear, is the organization sufficiently stocked with young arms as to be able to afford to pursue Royals ace Zack Greinke in trade.

If the team is to add an impact starter, then, they will need to do so by making astute, decisive evaluations of the other free agents who will be available. In countdown fashion, here are the five best potential additions to the North Siders' starting staff:

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