Shohei Ohtani is the star in everyone’s eyes when it comes to free agency for the 2024 season, including the Chicago Cubs.
Fans want it bad and the Cubs are rumored to be in the hunt for the modern-day Babe Ruth. Outside of that, the North Siders have other holes in the roster, including first base – hopefully to be filled via a signing or trade. With the Winter Meetings right around the corner, the stove is about to be as hot as it’s ever been.
Big names are there to be had and contribute as the championship-winning window is beginning to open in Chicago. An Ohtani signing would put the league on notice. A Rhys Hoskins signing or Pete Alonso trade would solidify a dominant infield and vastly improve the batting lineup.
There is no doubt the Cubs should be making one of these headline-grabbing moves in the next couple of months, hopefully sooner than that.
What may not get to the top of the page or move the needle as much are the moves the Cubs need to make to fill out and help give depth to a relatively young roster. We’ve talked about first base, but the Cubs have depth needs elsewhere – including catcher, third base, and potentially in the outfield. There are a couple of names out there that come to mind that could provide depth and veteran leadership in the Cubs clubhouse.