The 2022 MLB Winter Meetings are in full effect, which means the rumor mill is swirling. Finally, it seems as though things could be on the upswing for the Chicago Cubs.
With movement already happening around the league, the Cubs and their fan base are simply wondering whether or not the front office will be allowed to spend enough dough to improve the team.
It has been too many seasons in a row of mediocre play, and shipping talent off to other organizations. Now, it should be the Cubs’ time.
And, if these last couple of days are any indication, the Cubs are going to be spending some cash. This is, indeed, the Cubs’ time to improve the roster. According to NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan, multiple sources have confirmed the thought that the Cubs will be spending major money.
Finally, the Chicago Cubs fan base can get excited about improving and not dismantling a roster. The Cubs appear ready to spend money.
The big position of need for the Cubs this offseason is at shortstop, which you’ll find in the majority of rumors revolving around the team over the past few weeks. Already, the shortstop market is seeing movement.
The rich get richer, as they say, and the Philadelphia Phillies were able to swoop in and sign one of the Cubs’ primary targets in shortstop Trea Turner. Now, the Cubs will likely turn their attention to a couple of other big names on the shortstop market.
According to MLB insider Mark Feinsand, the Cubs could end up doing something a little unorthodox, but exciting.
Feinsand tweeted on Monday night that the Cubs are looking at signing multiple top names on the shortstop front, most likely Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson. As Feinsand noted, the Cubs would be following a similar move that the Texas Rangers made last offseason when they signed Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
The Cubs, then, would try and convince Bogaerts to move to third base.
At that point, Chicago would have landed two of the top free agent prizes early in the swing of this busy part of the offseason.
Additionally, let’s not forget the Cubs are also mentioned in the Carlos Correa sweepstakes.
Will any of these things happen? We’ll have to wait and find out. But, the good news is, the Cubs are set to spend big this offseason. Finally, we won’t have to deal with the frugality of the Ricketts.