Chicago Cubs: What else is on David Ross list for Santa?
2. Sign a big free agent
While Santa will have a bit of a hard time getting this present down the chimney, Ross’s second wish from Santa is for the Chicago Cubs to sign a big free agent this offseason.
In a go big or go home fashion, why not get a name brand player that’s hot right now and bring him on board. Recent reports have said the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius could be a second base option for the Cubs and a good partner for Cubs shortstop Javier Baez for double plays.
You could get a little expensive and go for the most expensive free agent for Christmas, Washington Nationals third baseman, Anthony Rendon, but a lot of his coming to the Cubs has to do with current third baseman, Kris Bryant’s contract, and his dispute. It would almost seem like a palatable swap Rendon for Bryant, but the chances are slim it can happen or that the Cubs could afford it.
There is still talk that the Cubs, who want outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to come back, are still negotiating to see if they can get the lanky home run hitter back in a Cubs uniform. Any of these free agents would help Ross’ first stint as a full-time manager, be a memorable one that could lead to the postseason or maybe even the championship.
Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox was the last first-year manager to win a World Series. In the 2018 World Series championship, Cora became the fifth manager to do so in MLB history. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Ross could make run for the championship, which brings us to Ross’ number one wish from Santa for next baseball season.