The Chicago Cubs are clearly trying to spend some money right now. The Winter Meetings are underway and the rumors are swirling.
The Cubs were a bad baseball team in 2022 but they clearly think that there was enough good to be a winner a year later in 2023. That remains to be seen but spending some money is clearly something that needs to happen if they want to be a winner right now.
One player that they have been connected to for a while is Kodai Senga. He is a Japanese player that is looking to play Major League Baseball starting in 2023. He is a very good player that should be an impact guy right away.
A few weeks have gone by since the initial reports of the Cubs were last reported to be interested and some other teams have joined the mix. However, it seems like they are still in the running to sign Senga and be the team that brings him to Major League Baseball.
Kodai Senga would be a perfect fit for the Chicago Cubs in 2023.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network and The New York Post reported on Twitter that the Cubs are still one of the suitors for Senga. Heyman named the Cubs also with the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers as teams going for him.
This doesn’t mean that a different team can’t come in and steal him off the market but this list does line up with the biggest spenders (or teams rumored to be spending) so far this year.
We have already seen Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom kind of set the market by signing their new deals with their new teams.
In his late 30s, he won the Cy Young with the Houston Astros in 2022 so it will be interesting to see how pitchers go from there.
Carlos Rodon is probably the new best pitcher available on the market now that deGrom and Verlander are signed but Senga is still going to get lots of interest anyway.
He has a lot of potential but he does have to prove that he can pitch well at this level. The Cubs are hoping to be the team that gets to give him that chance.