The Chicago Cubs appear to be trying to build a contender again and forgetting about the rebuild. Find out what moves were made and what might be coming next in free agency.
Cubs Making Some Impressive Moves
This was always going to be an interesting offseason for the Chicago Cubs, and most believed that the team would sit back and simply start the rebuild. The status of Willson Contreras is still up in the air, but it appears as if the team is serious about winning games in 2022.
There have been a number of big names signed to other teams already, and it seemed as if the Cubs were going to wait to pull the trigger. That all changed this week, and the new front office made three pretty impressive signings.
It still feels as if the Cubs don’t have a concrete plan, but it’s starting to look like they are attempting to put together a championship roster. This team still isn’t going to win a World Series as it is currently built, but they are closer than they were a few days ago.
Stroman Could Be an Ace
The biggest news came on Wednesday night when Marcus Stroman himself announced that he was signing with the Chicago Cubs. Stroman was considered one of the biggest names on the market, and signing in Chicago was a surprise move.
The Cubs were able to land Stroman on a three-year deal, but that could be reduced to just two years. This was the type of move that most Cubs fans didn’t truly believe that the team would make, but it happened right before the league was set to lockdown.
Stroman is a pitcher that can become an ace in Chicago, and the Cubs now have three terrific starting pitchers.
Gomes/Frazier Are Smart Signings
Earlier in the week the team announced that they had reached deals with Yan Gomes and Clint Frazier, and these were the types of moves that were expected. Gomes will spend time as a backup catcher, and Frazier will have a chance to earn a spot in the outfield.
The Cubs are not in a position to go out and bid for all of the top free agents on the market, but taking a shot on Gomes and Frazier were smart moves that can play off.
Still Need the Big Fish
Getting Marcus Stroman on board is a great start, and it will provide huge dividends in the starting rotation. Unfortunately, Stroman isn’t going to do much to help the offense, and there are still some holes in the lineup.
Shortstop appears to be wide open for the Cubs, and there are still some pretty big names left on the market. The return of Javier Baez isn’t going to happen, but Trevor Story and Carlos Correa are still out there.
If the Cubs are serious about competing for a division title in 2022 then they simply have to sign Carlos Correa. The front office might not be open to spending the kind of money it will take to get him, but they can’t afford to go halfway with this approach.
Sign Correa and the Cubs can contend again in 2022.