Hidden behind a 74-88 record this past season were a number of reasons for the Chicago Cubs to be hopeful about the direction of the franchise. Outfielder Christopher Morel emerged as a potential star with 16 home runs and pitcher Keegan Thompson finished the season with a 3.76 ERA (10-5 record).
Chicago heads into the offseason with an opportunity to improve. President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has not been shy about expressing his desire to compete with the best after two years spent in a rebuilding phase. With that being said, here's a look at three free agents the Cubs should target.
Chicago Cubs Free Agency
1. Brandon Drury, INF
Patrick Wisdom has made a name for himself in Chicago by tallying 43 home runs over the last two seasons. His work in the field has left a lot to be desired, though. He logged 14 errors at third base in 2022 and could be better used as a designated hitter. That's where Brandon Drury comes in. Drury played over 500 innings at 3B this past season while also putting together a stellar campaign at the plate. The 30-year-old finished with a .263/.320/.492 slash line to go along with 87 runs scored, 31 doubles, 28 home runs and 87 RBI. He's someone that wouldn't break the bank to sign, yet would immediately make the Cubs lineup better.
2. Tyler Anderson, SP
The Cubs won't be able to compete with the Milwaukee Brewers or St. Louis Cardinals if they do not address a subpar starting rotation. Little depth exists behind the likes of Marcus Stroman, Kyle Hendricks and Thompson. It's unlikely Chicago can convince someone like Justin Verlander or Jacob deGrom to spend their final years at Wrigley Field, so pivoting to sign a less talked about veteran like Tyler Anderson makes a ton of sense. Anderson revamped his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, finishing the year with a 15-5 record, 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Those are the kind of numbers a No. 1 starter posts. Signing Anderson would be a great move for the Cubs.
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
Hoyer has hinted that the Cubs could take on a "win or go home" mentality this offseason, so they shouldn't be ruled out when it comes to even the biggest names on the market. One of the biggest holes on Chicago's roster exists at shortstop. Nico Hoerner excelled in 2022, but he is more likely to be the team's starting second baseman moving forward. The Cubs could go all-in by signing four-time All-Star Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts owns an impressive career slash line of .292/.356/.458 and has racked up at least 150 hits in seven of the last eight full MLB seasons. The consistency he brings to a lineup is something the Cubs have been missing since trading away Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
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