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3 Moves the Cubs Should Make Before the 2021 MLB Season Starts

Larry Rupp
Roster and free agent moves the Chicago Cubs can make to better position themselves in 2021.
Roster and free agent moves the Chicago Cubs can make to better position themselves in 2021. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs have been coasting ever since their 2016 World Series title and fell in the Wild Card round last season after finishing with a 34-26 record. They head into 2021 with high hopes and are currently tied for the 14th-best odds to take home the championship at +3500, according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.

However, they can better position themselves before Opening Day rolls around with a few more offseason moves as thehere are still a few holes on the roster. With that in mind, here are three moves the Cubs should make before the season starts.

1. Take a Chance on Danny Santana

Danny Santana
Danny Santana is looking to bounce back after getting injured in 2020. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

Free agent Danny Santana is set to have a showcase for MLB teams soon to prove he is still a reliable MLB player and the Cubs should have some interest. Santana hit 28 home runs and drove in 81 RBI in 2019 and could be a great utility player for the team. He has spent time playing in the corner outfield spots as well as first base. Santana also brings speed to the lineup as he he stole 23 bases over the last two seasons and could easily be used as a late inning pinch runner. He is a perfect bench bat and could build some depth on a roster that is lacking it right now.

2. Sign a Veteran Second Baseman

Neil Walker
The Cubs are young at 2B and could use the experience of a veteran player. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

One infield spot that the Cubs could still address through free agency is second base. They have a young starter in Nico Hoerner expected to play a lot, but there is not much depth behind him. The Cubs could sign a veteran player to slide into the lineup on Hoerner's off days or simply provide some contact off of the bench. A few free agent names that fit that bill include Neil Walker (.338 career OBP) and Logan Forsythe (71 career home runs). Signing this type of player won't make major headlines, but would benefit the Cubs and make sure they have the depth needed to compete.

3. Give Miguel Amaya a Shot to Make the Roster

Yusniel Diaz, Miguel Amaya, David Ortiz
The top catcher prospect should be give na shot to make the Opening Day roster. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

One of the Cubs top prospects is catcher Miguel Amaya and the 21-year-old from Panama deserves a shot to make the roster. The Cubs have Wilson Contreras ready to be the everyday starter once again and recently signed Austin Romine to back him up. However, giving the young kid a shot over the underwhelming veteran may be a move the Cubs are forced to make if he continues to hit and field well as he has so far. Amaya has a career .375 slugging percentage and has driven in 157 RBI in his time spent in the Cubs system. He'll likely be on the MLB roster some time this season, but he has the chops the make it on Opening Day.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.