3 Sneaky Free Agents the Cubs Should Sign Before Spring Training

Bellinger, Hoskins, and/or Chapman are at the top of the list for the Cubs. Besides them, there are some low-key moves that would enhance this roster more than just a little.

Nov 13, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Craig Counsell (C) speaks as he is introduced as a new Chicago
Nov 13, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Craig Counsell (C) speaks as he is introduced as a new Chicago / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Brandon Belt

Let's say the Cubs do not land Bellinger - then what? Matt Chapman would still be great to have at third base and Busch could play first base to fill out the infield (or vice versa). But whether they are able to land a big name or not, another All-Star caliber option is still out there and not getting a lot of attention.

Brandon Belt was a key part of 2 championship years for the San Francisco Giants, albeit early in his career. Although he'll be entering his 14th year in the big leagues, he still can produce at the plate and lock down the first base bag.

Belt had an OBP of .369 last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting 19 home runs and working over 60 walks. Although his strikeout numbers were relatively high last season, he is not a guy that swings and misses much - he's always looking to make contact.

This is another veteran player available that could just as easily see time at first base, bat in the designated hitter spot, or come off the bench to bac kup a possible Bellinger signing - or whoever the everyday first baseman ends up being.

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