After finishing 74-88 in 2022, the Chicago Cubs could use some help this offseason. While their outfield wasn't a major weakness last year, they could use another bat there after recently parting ways with Jason Heyward.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Cubs are reportedly targeting a former All-Star to add to their outfield.
Michael Conforto Free Agency Rumors
In an article for the New York Post, Heyman writes that "the Cubs are among teams considering Michael Conforto. He is seeking a deal for two years with an opt-out." Heyman adds that they "also are in contact with Christian Vazquez, among other catchers."
If Chicago is trying to contend next year, Conforto would provide an immediate boost to the lineup, assuming he stays healthy. The 2017 All-Star slashed .255/.356/.468 with the New York Mets from 2015-2022 and topped 25 homers three times, although he only played more than 125 games twice during that span.
Given that the 29-year-old is looking for a shorter-term deal, the Cubs wouldn't have to worry about his contract becoming an albatross if he declines or can't stay healthy down the road. On the flip side, shelling out for Conforto doesn't make a ton of sense if the team still feels like it's several years away from contending.
The Christian Vazquez connection seems like a better fit in light of Chicago's needs behind the plate. With star catcher Willson Contreras hitting free agency, Vazquez would provide a more cost-effective alternative.
Either way, it's encouraging for Cubs fans to see the team looking to add talent after enduring back-to-back losing seasons. Chicago still has a long ways to go, however, as the Cubs currently have +7000 odds (T-21st) to win the 2023 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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