3 Best Remaining Free Agent Targets for the Cubs

Devon Platana
A look at the best remaining free-agent targets for the Chicago Cubs this offseason.
A look at the best remaining free-agent targets for the Chicago Cubs this offseason. / AP Photos/Gene J. Puskar

The Chicago Cubs' offseason has had some positives and negatives so far. On one hand, the club has brought in starting pitcher Jameson Taillon and outfielder/infielder Cody Bellinger to help bolster the roster. On the other, Chicago lost star catcher Willson Contreras to the rival St. Louis Cardinals while veteran OF Jayson Heyward departed for the LA Dodgers.

If the Cubs want to win their first playoff series since 2016, general manager Carter Hawkins can't take his foot off the gas when it comes to free agency. With several key names still available, Chicago has plenty of opportunities to further improve its roster to compete soon.

Here are three of the best remain free-agent targets for the Cubs.

Cubs Free Agency

1. Gary Sanchez, C

The Cubs need a new catcher now that Contreras is gone, meaning they should consider signing Gary Sanchez. The 30-year-old might not be an all-star anymore, but he's still a decent offensive contributor, picking up 16 home runs and 61 RBIs with 40 walks in 128 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2022. He's brought a positive WAR to the table in all but one of his seven previous seasons, also recording a positive defensive WAR (0.2) this year for the first time since 2019. Having also appeared in 31 postseason games over his career, it's clear that Sanchez is the type of veteran catcher that can be a positive influence on the Cubs both in the clubhouse and on the diamond.

2. Dansby Swanson, SS

Something else that the Cubs lack is star power. Though some of the top names are already off the market, one that remains is Dansby Swanson. The all-star shortstop is coming off the best campaign of his life, racking up 25 HRs, 96 RBIs and 18 stolen bases with a .277/.329/.447 slash line while appearing in all 162 of the Atlanta Braves' games. Chicago has the money to meet Swanson's demands and the allure of being "the guy" might be too much to ignore. Besides, the 28-year-old has proven that he enjoys playing in the 'Windy City,' recording a .307 batting average in 72 plate appearances at Wrigley Field. If the Cubs are serious about becoming a World Series contender in the next few years, they need to make a play for Swanson before it's too late.

3. Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Although signing Taillon did improve the pitching situation, the Cubs need more quality arms in their starting rotation to make a real difference. If they want to add another reliable veteran to the mix, Nathan Eovaldi could be the perfect candidate. Though he battled injuries at times, Eovaldi was still solid for the Boston Red Sox, going 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA, 1.235 WHIP and one shutout in 20 starts. It's also worth mentioning that the veteran hurler is just one year removed from the best season of his career where he finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting. Even if he doesn't reach those levels again, Eovaldi would be a better arm to have in the rotation compared to the majority of those Chicago used in 2022.

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