Projected 2023 Payroll: Not almost sufficient
Notable Free Brokers: Willson Contreras (pictured above), Drew Smyly
May they use Aaron Decide?: Absofuckinglutely, however the Ricketts would fear concerning the harm to the buildings they personal throughout the road.
What may they use apart from Decide: Apart from a change of possession that’s not coming, they may use performing like the one huge market staff within the division. The Cubs ought to lord over this division financially, which suggests they need to lord over it within the standings too given what’s already right here.
The Cubbies positively want a No. 1 starter, particularly contemplating that it’s laborious to know what they may get from Kyle Hendricks now that he missed a big chunk of the tip of final season with shoulder issues. And given his repertoire and stuff, although he expertly toed the road on his margin of error, it was nonetheless Wallenda skinny. Justin Steele was a pleasant shock final 12 months, and we assume Marcus Stroman will nonetheless pitch in between the times he’s working errands for Kyrie Irving, however each are mid-rotation guys slightly than the highest. Seeing as how the Ricketts household would deal with any eight- or 10-year deal like its personal private tax hike, a two- or three-year deal for simply some huge cash for a deGrom or Verlander to bridge the hole to no matter creature the Cubs’ overhyped Pitch Lab produces that may take the reins after that would appear to make loads of sense. Or they may package deal a group of their supposedly much-respected prospect group for Shohei Ohtani. As an alternative, they’ll do what they did final 12 months, and possibly signal a man off the B-Record, or attempt to shroud that cheaper avenue by getting the spicy Japanese import in Kodai Senga who throws 123 MPH but in addition can’t discover the plate.