Who should the Cubs target this offseason?
Don’t worry Cubs fans, the off-season action is about to start.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer predicted on Monday that “Over the next two weeks, there will be a lot of activity.” He also said, “I expect as the market picks up, we’ll be part of that market.” Watch out Cubs fans, these next two weeks are going to be wild.
With David Price and Jordan Zimmerman both being signed to big contracts this week that means the action will start soon for the Cubs. Both Zimmerman and Price could have been a big impact pitcher for the Cubs in 2016 but unfortunately, they found other cities to be better homes. On the bright side, there are still many pitchers that are available for the Cubs to sign.
The Cubs are also looking to acquire players via trade. A good trade option the Cubs are considering is Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija already has a history with the Cubs. He played 6 years with the Cubs and during his seventh year he was traded to the Oakland A’s. Samardzija was a solid pitcher throughout his career with the Cubs and eventually developed into an all-star during the 2014 season. His 2015 season was a down year, but I expect him to bounce back because last year he was trying to learn everything for the White Sox and become more comfortable in their system. I think that next year if he is on the White Sox he will have a better year and feel more comfortable, but I think if he gets traded to the Cubs he will have a great year also because he already is comfortable and has a lot of experience with them.
The Cubs may not even sign a big name player this off-season. Hoyer loves the depth. He said, “There’s good with both. Elite Players can change a team.” Since one of the elite players the Cubs wanted is now off the market in David Price, they may want to go for some depth players to fulfill all of their team needs. The Cubs need starting pitchers, relief pitchers, and also an outfielder. A player that is very possible for the Cubs to get is Jason Heyward. Jason Heyward is a young elite outfielder. However, he is projected to get the biggest contract this off-season, which leaves us thinking, is he worth all that money?
The Cubs have also recently signed some small name relief pitchers, suggesting maybe Hoyer and the Cubs will stick with depth this off-season. Hoyer did mention how he thinks about depth, when he said “Depth is underrated, especially in the winter, everyone will write out lineups in the off-season and they don’t focus on bench, they don’t focus on the bullpen, they don’t focus on the guys in Triple-A that are going up and down. Over the course of six months, those are the little moves that make a huge difference.”
Hoyer is really leaving us thinking. He talks about depth a lot, but what he never said is what move will be best for the Cubs. The rest of this off-season is going to be fun to pay close attention to, so we can find out what the Cubs will do.
Will the Cubs sign depth players and fulfill all their needs, or will they sign a big name, big money, elite player?