After a hot start to the offseason, MLB free agency has been relatively quiet for a while now, even though there are still some big names on the board.
Even though they were expected to be big players in all the fun, the Chicago Cubs have only managed to make a small handful of minor league agreements. They were reported to be in the hunt for Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto before they both ultimately chose the Los Angeles Dodgers. But since those signings, the Cubs have been just about silent.
The Cubs' annual convention takes place this weekend in Chicago, and fans are going to be up in arms as to why a big splash has not been made. But one insider believes the Cubs may be close on one high-profile free agent.
Cubs News: Morosi Thinks Hoskin-Cubs Rumors Make a Lot of Sense
MLB insider Jon Morosi believes free agent first baseman Rhys Hoskins is a "clear fit" to take over those duties on the north side of Chicago with the Cubs. Hoskins missed all the 2023 season due to injury, but his 30 home runs in the regular season and 6 in the postseason helped the Philadelphia Phillies reach the World Series in 2022 before that.
Even with mutual interest by the team and the player, the Cubs are still far apart from agent Scott Boras' asking price for outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger. But Boras' other client, Hoskins, could be closer in play. Who's to say the Cubs can't land both stars, but you need to make one move before you make two.
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