The Chicago Cubs are one of the most interesting teams during the entire off-season. They could be big spenders or they could keep quiet and make 2023 another building year. Both scenarios could be argued as the right one but nobody truly knows.
There is one team out there that seems to be having a sale of players and that is the Tampa Bay Rays. We know they are one of the franchises that sell off players before they get paid big money but that doesn’t mean that those are bad players by any means.
Even if the Rays make some big moves as the rumors suggest, that doesn’t mean that they are going to be a rebuilding team either. They figure it out every year and always remain as top playoff contenders in the American League.
One of the players in the trade rumors is Tyler Glasnow. There is one report that even links Rays pitching to the Cubs already which would be very interesting. He is someone that they should absolutely consider bringing on board for 2023 and beyond.
The Chicago Cubs would be a perfect spot for Tyler Glasnow in 2023 and beyond.
If it takes something special to get Glasnow out of Tampa Bay, that might keep the Cubs away from doing it but it is something to think about.
Glasnow missed the second half of the 2021 season and almost all of the 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but he looked really good when he came back. He is poised to get back to being an elite pitcher in 2023.
He was right there in the mix for the Cy Young Award in 2021 when he went down so don’t think that he’ll try to get back to that again, even if it is with a new team.
The Chicago Cubs would automatically have Glasnow be the ace of their staff. He would be the Opening Day starter for sure. With a much younger staff around him trying to get better, he might really be able to help them.
His stuff is amongst the nastiest in the league which would give the Cubs a big boost in their rotation.
There will be other teams trying to pry him away from the Rays as well but we have to wait and see if he will even actually be traded. They are hesitant (and rightfully so) but if they do, the Cubs will be in the mix to land this star pitcher and it will be worth it.