MLB Rumors: One Team Dubbed "Sleeper Team" For Blake Snell/Jordan Montgomery Sweepstakes

The Chicago Cubs have quietly positioned themselves as potential sleeper candidates in the pursuit of pitchers Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, according to Zachary Rotman.

Despite the swirling uncertainty surrounding the market for both players, the Cubs have emerged as a possible landing spot, seeking to bolster their rotation in a bid for contention.

While other teams like the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants have been more prominently linked to pitching needs, the Cubs' subtle interest signals a strategic move to enhance their roster.

The reigning Cy-Young award winner Snell posted a fantastic 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, with 234 strikeouts and a league-low 99 walks across 180 innings and 32 starts with the San Diego Padres.

With a competitive roster already in place within the NL Central, the Cubs recognize the importance of fortifying their rotation to compete against powerhouse opponents such as the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, among others.

Over his first six MLB seasons, spent with the Yankees, the 31-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, with 478 strikeouts across 502.2 innings and 98 appearances.

Since leaving the Yankees, Montgomery's game has soared to new heights, recording a 3.20 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, with 166 strikeouts across 188.2 innings and 32 starts.

While they may not be the most talked-about contenders for these coveted pitchers, the Cubs' quiet pursuit underscores their determination to strengthen their roster and potentially emerge as surprise contenders in the NL landscape. Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports