Patience could help the Chicago Cubs grab these 5 pitchers in free agency

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As the 2021 season continues rolling downhill for the Chicago Cubs, it’s safe to say the only way to remain optimistic at this point is to look at different scenarios in which the team can find success moving forward. We’ve talked about free agency, trade deadlines and future prospects that could be getting ready to make a name for themselves.

I believe sometimes we underestimate the time of which a retool takes. Sure, if the Cubs do get absolutely crazy this offseason, shock us and buy up a lot of talent this winter, then I suppose it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Cubs could be legitimate contenders as soon as next year. If Ricketts wants the team to be a model of winning again, he will need to at least spend some money this winter, and no, not on relievers that nobody is signing because their ERA is in the 7.00s.

There simply is no excuse for the Ricketts to not spend this offseason to push this retool along. As fans, we want the owners to buy up every player they can because it makes the team better. Of course, it’s not always that easy. In fact, the reality of even buying up a bunch of talent is slim to none just because so many other teams are outbidding each other for the same player. That is why it is important to remember that these things take time. We just want to see that the Cubs are at least in conversations to show they are serious.

It will more than likely time more than one offseason to complete this retool. Although the 2022 free agent class is loaded and the Cubs will have a fantastic chance to get the ball rolling back towards competitive baseball, the following winter’s free agent class is pretty wild as well. Sometimes, spending big on the players you really want just because they’re good isn’t always the best idea. For example, Chicago doesn’t necessarily need a Trevor Story or Corey Seager with Hoerner and Madrigal in the middle infield.

Sometimes, with a little patience, waiting an extra year is exactly what you should do to get what you need moving forward. Assuming this is going to be at least a two-year retool, let’s take a look at five pitchers that would be perfect for the Cubs that will absolutely be worth waiting to spend the big bucks on.