3 agents are free to sign and 1 to avoid
The Chicago Cubs have sold out a discount on trade deadline, but as they try to rebuild for the 2022 MLB season, what free agents should be in the crosshairs?
After the Chicago Cubs lost 20 games more than they won last season, they finished fourth at NL Central and knocked out Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Chris Bryant, among others, at the trade deadline, what the organization plans to do in the free agency title in a season. 2022 will be really cool.
There are several ways cubs can go on a free agency. They have a lot of money to spend if they want to speed up the rebuilding process right away. On the other hand, they can try to sign shorter contracts to see what they can find in the market and what they can get from value decisions.
We don’t yet know which direction Chicago will choose, but given what we do know, let’s take a look at the free agency market and three players the Cubs should target as well as one the club should avoid.
Cubs Free Target Agent: Steven Matz, SP
Cubbies’ most obvious need in free agency is to boost their start. Bolster probably isn’t the right word, frankly speaking, Chicago really needs to build a promo crew given that newly acquired Kyle Hendricks and Wade Miley are the only starters on the roster currently as of mid-November.
Building a pitching team can be an art for an MLB front office and that means signing the right players to contribute. Steven Matz is one player who could fix that law.
After starting his only season with the Toronto Blue Jays, Matz delivered the best full season performance of his career since his second year in the league. He finished the 2021 campaign that started 29 games for the Jays, scoring 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Matz wouldn’t compete for NL Cy Young if he signed Cubs into a free agency but the 30-year-old would be a solid cog in the rotation alongside Hendricks and Miley. Given the current absolute lack of weapons the team has in relation to beginners at the moment, it would make sense to add a player like him.